Your Eastco Project’s Timeline
A Time-Line of events and projected completion is generated using Critical Path Planning, or, Gannt Chart. Preconditions are set for when things can occur and what resources (materials and labor) are needed.
For instance, Paint can’t go on until after the Primer, which is after the Texturing of the walls, which is after Drywall is taped and floated, which is after electrical and plumbing (Mechanicals) are in place, which is after Framing…etc.
The various Trades are timed to occur when the work can be done with access to the area without damaging previous work, etc.
This “Timeline” is visible on the Client/Team Portal for you and the your Team (Trades, Suppliers, Vendors, Site Manager, etc) and allows us to keep an eye on all the moving parts.
Your Eastco Project’s Team–The Trades
In the making of a movie, there are costume designers, seamstresses, animation techs, make-up artists, special effects experts, etc. They are not qualified to do each others work.
So it is in Construction. A Framer may know something about Plumbing, but he isn’t going to jump into it as it isn’t his field. Each “Trade” has its expertise.
Your Eastco Team may include: Architects, Designers, Decorators, Concrete/ Foundation Workers, Masoners, Framers, Carpenters, Electricians, Plumbers, Painters, Roofers, HVAC techs, Drywallers, Glaziers, Site Managers..
Trade Availability of the various Tradesmen and their crews is limited . Similar to a Band that was available for a wedding Saturday, if the date moves to another day, they may already be booked.
Communication and Planning, and communication of the planning is essential…as well as having contingency plans—if not A, then B.
Since, there is a “Critical Path” to the sequence of many of the events, and Trade Availability is limited, a “Domino Effect” can happen if a change in one event’s date must occur.
What Could Change the Timeline?
Weather isn’t just local and doesn’t always cooperate. Transport from another areas could be delayed.
Materials are not always in stock and have definite lead times. Or, may be defective. For Wood Floors, the material must arrive, and then “acclimatize” to the temperature and humidity of the home for several days before installation. If it’s then discovered that only 50% of the wood is usable due to bad storage, it’s another 7-14 days for material (hopefully usable), and time to acclimatize. If 50% is good, then one is seeking some from the same plant with the same batch of production for uniformity.
The “Domino Effect” of Materials and Trade Availability is a concern.
A beautiful new Granite Countertop is dependent on the sink and fixtures being present, and the cabinets being in place so an accurate Site Measure can be taken. After that is 10-14 days for the CAD drawing to be made, the stone fabricated, and be ready for install. This may be dependent on the tile floor being installed…
Wood, a “Mother Nature” product is very inconsistent. Framing for sub-floors, walls or roofs look pretty logical and easy, right? Because each piece has some twist, bend, bow, or warp in various directions, it has to be forced into position for each nail or fastening device. Spreaders, bar clamps, pipe clamps, C-clamps, tweakers, Bowrenches, turnbuckles, etc all used to coerce the material. Sometimes a batch is easy to work with, sometimes not.
Unforseen New Scope or unknown, unseen aspects of the project may be discovered if structural problem needs to be addressed before the work can continue. Rotted wood, mold, termite damage, a weak foundation, or, particularly with older homes, outdated or non-standard have to be strengthened or brought up to code.
Work Related new items can happen as well.. For instance, a water damaged bathroom vanity has aged wallpaper with curling next to the wall mounted mirror. Removing damaged cabinet, and mirror could be too much stress for the crispy wallpaper and a quarter sized piece of wall is showing. Or, the mirror won’t come off in one piece.
There is now more to deal with, so a Change Order ( a “Supplement” with Insurance Restoration) for new scope as noted above. This affects costs and Timeline with new Material and Labor requirements.
“Change Orders” made for any reason can severely alter Timelines depending on Material availability and the scheduled Trades.
Product Selections—types of shingles, the sink and fixtures, tile, or floor selections, etc, are best done as far in advance as possible to allow time to assure their availability, price, and presence at the job site when needed. But not before as damage or loss can occur at the job site.
Permits and Inspections, or, Home Owners Associations, can slow Project Start and process.
For instance, a foundation may require soil samples sent to a lab, an Engineered Drawing, inspection of the framing and structural reinforcements before pour, a post pour inspection, etc.
Framing, Plumbing, Electrical, etc. may require an Inspector scheduled, with project paused and made ready waiting for the inspector show up, so work can continue.
The Inspector may require some change as each inspector is their own person and the the advice of the “Rough In” inspector may not be acceptable to the later inspector.
Eastco’s Client/Team Portal displays Timeline assists in minimizing risks and costs by clearly communicating with your Team schedules, inspections, Change Orders, Product Selections, Material Orders, Weather, pictures of the work in progress, and other details.
As an Eastco client, you will be provided with email login and password with the ability to see your Change Orders, Selections, Timeline, Relevant Files, and Photos as well as keep up to date with what is happening in a Real Time basis.
EASTCO General Contractors in San Antonio, Texas was established in 1976. Our expertise includes commercial, multi-family, and residential construction from ground up new construction., renovation/remodeling, and insurance loss restoration.