Incomplete drawings and poor pre-planning were cited as the most significant causes of cost overruns on projects, according to survey respondents.
Owners also reported dissatisfaction with project commissioning, the final stage of a project when a facility is delivered to the owner for occupancy and use. Among the high-risk areas identified were HVAC, fire protection and life safety systems, elevators and roofs and envelopes. Improved communication, collaboration and coordination could help resolve these issues.
The survey also revealed:
- More than 50% of owners expect their construction manager to provide leadership in managing projects from beginning to end, including design, funding, scheduling and construction.
- Nearly 80% of owners said project collaboration software can help avoid disputes and miscommunications, but about 65% still do not mandate its use on their projects.
- More than 40% said “green” building design was becoming increasingly important.