What’s the most critical step in creating a new building? Savvy architects, owners and developers find this question easy to answer: It’s the scope, of course. With every project start and every new building team, the first and often most daunting hurdle is establishing a decent budget estimate. In preconstruction meetings, when questions arise about budget — especially errors, omissions, misinterpretations and just plain “forgot it” — fingers point back to the original scope of work, or SoW.
Behind the most effective SoWs are multitudes of useful specifics and real data, according to Jory MacKay of project management app maker Planio. “The SoW is a powerful tool to keep everyone accountable and on task,” he explains. “It might seem like a lot of work to do up front, but the more you can make clear, the easier the rest of the project will flow.”