Organizing A Construction Site

A Quick Guide To Organizing A Construction Site

Ian Mutuli
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Keeping a construction site well organized can often be easier said than done. There’s already a lot of work that goes on daily on a construction site. Additionally, the materials and equipment need organization. Often, it doesn’t make sense to have to pack away so many construction materials at the end of a working day when you know you’ll be using the same again tomorrow. It'll cause a delay and may only complicate the entire workflow.

While generally true, this isn’t to say that construction sites always have to be messy. Remember that keeping a well-organized construction site is also a matter of safety and less material wastage. The more organized your site is, the lesser the risk of work-related accidents. Moreover, you wouldn’t have to worry much about material damage and wastage if materials are well organized and well-kept on racks or commercial shelving.

Organizing A Construction Site

To keep your construction site well-organized, try implementing the tips given in the guide below:

Coordinate A Master Schedule

Creating a master schedule means breaking the project down into different phases. This ultimately makes it easier to manage the construction project. Each stage of the construction project can then be further sub-divided into tasks, quantified by different activities. Having a master schedule is key to keeping the construction project right on track, time-wise. But, the benefits also extend to now being able to maintain a well-organized construction site.

When you have a master schedule, the whole project management team down to the laborers will know what tasks are to be done on a certain day or week. This means that construction materials can be ordered and delivered accordingly, based on the need. With a schedule, you can lessen the possibility of overordering. This means that the materials on-site are only those which are needed. You're not keeping any more than is needed at any given time.

With this, clutter is minimized. It's easier to keep a well-organized construction site when the materials are limited only to those needed. This master schedule should be used even for the smaller home remodel projects to larger commercial building projects. 

Utilize The Latest Tools And Technological Advancements

Project management software now exists, and it’s up to your construction team to choose one and use it accordingly. Those technological tools are there for a reason. They're meant to automate tasks that would’ve otherwise still been done manually. Efficiency, productivity, and even the speed of the project are maintained.

Utilizing those latest tools and technological advancements is also effective in keeping a well-organized construction site. It keeps a system in place. For instance, with project management software, you know exactly when and where certain construction materials were delivered by the supplier. You also have a consistent and updated precise number of how many of a certain material you have left and don’t have left on-site.

Create An Effective Flow Of Communication

Communication is king—this also applies to construction sites. Without good communication, construction sites are simply going to be unorganized. There's no proper flow of reports and communication from one line of the process to the next.

With good communication, there’s less chaos. Everyone in the team will know how to find what they’re looking for. Likewise, it’s through good communication that everyone can be kept on the same page as to organization standards. 

When everyone is on board with the standards set in your construction site, a more well-organized and systematic construction site can be maintained. You wouldn’t have one team on the construction site doing this mode of organization while the others are simply negligent about it.

Hold Workers Accountable For Each Of Their Assigned Tasks

A culture of accountability is another key ingredient to a well-organized construction site. By this, it means every single construction worker, painter, welder, laborer, or any other tradesman on site is responsible for the area they’re working in. They’re in charge of the materials and equipment they’re using. 

This culture of accountability can help prevent that situation of pointing fingers. For instance, there’s no blaming each other when certain materials get lost. The person who last used a specific tool, for instance, takes accountability and responsibility when they know they’ve lost it themselves.

Keep Daily Checklists

A part of your accountability system above entails keeping daily checklists. Think of this as an inventory of materials and equipment used. That smaller equipment that can be kept and packed away should be put back in the proper place. The bigger ones can stay, but at least keep them well parked.

As for the construction materials, the daily checklist should give you information on how much you’ve used up and how much you have left for the coming day. This ensures everything is in place, there’s no wastage, and there’s also no shortage of needed materials.

Conclusion

The construction industry is productivity-focused. Every working day is a battle for deadlines. The more productive and efficient, the better. As you may now have learned from the guide you’ve read through, organizing a construction site is about having a framework, a chain of command, and a proper system, in general. There are no cutting corners. When it’s the success of the project and the safety of the team working in an inherently-risky environment that’s at stake, organizing your construction site should be non-negotiable.

Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.