Pre-Construction Planning Part 4

March 20, 2003

Preconstruction Planning for Shop Fabrication

A great way to save labor dollars is to prefabricate portions of the project in the controlled environment of a fabrication shop. However, if not planned properly prior to the commencement of construction, prefabrication is only of minor value.

Here are preconstruction planning considerations for shop fabrication:

  • Identify fabrication opportunities: At this point in the planning process, it is important to identify which portions of the project can be shop fabricated and which portions will lend themselves to field fabrication.

  • Calculate your fabrication benefit: You should know if your fabrication costs would exceed what it would take to assemble the same materials in the field. By checking before the project begins, you will know if fabricating will save money or not.

  • Determine delivery requirements: Does the fabrication shop have the capacity to deliver completed work to the jobsite when it is needed? If you find that the field labor will be delayed because the fab shop will not be able to keep up, you can plan accordingly.

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