6 details that can throw off your schedule

In 1997, Apple told us to “Think Different.” So we did. We thought about what could happen if the world went mobile, if information was boundless, if we could carry our office in our back pocket. We’ve grown to love different and to expect change. And when it comes to Apple products, that’s not such a bad thing. When it comes to your building order, however, it’s not nearly as appealing.

April 17, 2014 |
Stacy Milford

Illustration: Star Building Systems

In 1997, Apple told us to “Think Different.” So we did. We thought about what could happen if the world went mobile, if information was boundless, if we could carry our office in our back pocket.

We’ve grown to love different and to expect change. And when it comes to Apple products, that’s not such a bad thing. When it comes to your building order, however, it’s not nearly as appealing.

Making what may seem like an insignificant change, or even leaving out inconsequential information, definitely isn’t inconsequential to the schedule. Minor changes could mean the difference between the job staying on schedule and running behind.

Here are six areas that most frequently cause problems:

Panel colors

Changing a building color shouldn’t make a difference, and 25 years ago it usually didn’t. But today’s computer drafting programs process information differently. Every color has a code and every code is required to create the end result. Final color information is needed at the coding stage – performed at the beginning of the drafting process – to help alleviate errors in material colors.

Framing for roll-up doors

Roll-up doors can often cause more grief than just about anything. Whether your door is a horizontal roll up, vertical roll up or drum/canister door directly affects eave height and the materials provided. Having enough room for that door and correct materials billed is critical. Oftentimes, framing or bracing can get in the way of the door track. And changing the positioning or height of that door can cause delays.

Crane data

To get the job started, builders often submit it before a crane is ordered. This can cause delays, especially if the crane span, crane height or crane capacity is changing. Since the cranes attach to the columns, any change to the height or width of that crane – even an inch – has a significant impact on your drafting schedules, since the space required between the crane and the walls must be shifted.

Second floor heights

Changes in clearance heights for equipment are time consuming to fix and can be devastating to the overall project if wrong. For example, if you want an eight-foot ceiling, the framing needs for the top and the clear space for the drop-down ceiling are both based on that eight-foot height. Any changes, again even an inch, means the framing for the second floor must be adjusted.

Rooftop framed openings

Once the builder provides the rooftop framed opening information, the engineer designs for certain things, such as the roof purlins, to be a certain spacing, and all of it is based on the builder’s rooftop framed opening information. Changes in roof framed opening locations can be time consuming. For example, if a builder is ordering a school with a cafeteria, that cafeteria will require roof venting for the exhaust. If anything on the inside of that kitchen changes after the order has been placed, the spacings are no longer viable. Inserting any holes in a roof, to allow for ventilation or sunlight, requires precision to design the roof without any gaps that could create future leaks. 

Permit drawings

Not all jobs require permit drawings. But if they do, this is information that needs to be included up front in your order. Depending on the state and area of construction, the permit process can often be lengthy. You’ll need those drawings long before you’ll need the materials. Make sure to consider the permit process length and requirement before placing your order.

Keeping a job on schedule takes a lot of individual pieces working together toward a smooth timetable. I hope these pointers help you catch any missing pieces in your order that could cause a snag down the line.

Read more on the Starbuildings blog. 

Editor's note: This is sponsored content. The text and image were provided by the sponsor company. 

Stacy Milford | Metal Building Trends
Star Building Systems
Director of Drafting

Stacy joined Star in 1988 as a Drafter. She held many positions within the Drafting department while studying Architectural Technology at Oklahoma State University’s Oklahoma City campus. Stacy has 27 years of industry experience and serves on the Advisory Committee of several surrounding Technology Centers and Colleges. In her spare time, Stacy enjoys gardening and spending time with her husband, children and grandchildren.

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