Editorial: 07.01.2021

Six Ways to Manage Your Site Risk

How focusing on the ground can benefit every project.

What lies beneath the ground is one of the riskiest parts of any construction project. The site you choose can have great impact not only on the design and construction process, but also on the operations of your business. As an owner or project stakeholder, how can you minimize that risk and set your project up for success?

At Castle, we recommend six ways to ensure you choose and develop a site that manages your risk and achieves your goals.

Infographic detailing six ways to best prepare your construction site


1. Stay on Schedule

With every project, time is critical. To identify any possible risks and the impact they could have on schedule, you should consider several factors and engage knowledgeable contracting partners.

2. Consider Topography

Rolling hills are beautiful if you are sightseeing or hitting the links, but they can present major cost impacts for large-scale buildings. Using the grades can be an option for some sites if there is flexibility on layout. Leveraging a knowledgeable civil contractor early who can help with material management can provide a huge cost savings.

3. Secure Local Expertise

Some communities are resistant to development and others welcome it. Every site is different when it comes to municipal zoning requirements and what authorities having jurisdiction require.

4. Evaluate Environmental Impacts

There are a multitude of possible environmental impacts, such as endangered species, wetlands and contaminated soils that can have both cost and schedule implications. Gathering this information early can help you to better plan your construction schedule around any limiting factors.

5. Examine Accessibility

Rail and highway accessibility are critical for most developments. Knowing where current and future access is planned can help with selecting a site and timing development rights to ensure appropriate access.

6. Plan for Utilities

Electric and water infrastructure are key elements to most developments. Determining the capacity and location of utilities early can help to expedite the process through construction.

The most important step when evaluating sites for your project is to partner early with a skilled civil contractor and creative team that reduces your risk and maximizes your results.


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