Building While Operating at a University

Anytime you are working on a construction project while simultaneously maintaining an active workplace environment, there are challenges. When construction occurs at a college or university, there can be even more logistics to work through. Here’s a brief education, puns intended, on a few of the many things to prepare for when undergoing a renovation or new construction project at a university.

University Construction 101

The most successful builds begin with adequate planning. This is especially true when you’re trying to complete construction while also maintaining daily operations.

As you plan for your university construction project, here are some things to discuss with your general contractor during pre-construction.

  • Daily operations – Construction sites can be noisy, dusty and dirty and often take up space that may require detours for pedestrians, bikes or vehicles. In order for the construction crew to coexist peacefully with a fully operating university, the GC must take great care to learn the ins and outs of the university’s operations and be able to work around its requirements so as not to impede on student learning.

  • Project goals – In addition to accounting for construction logistics, the contractor must also understand the project’s objectives, budget and timeline. Pre-construction is an opportune time to consider goals and alternatives so that a successful build can be accomplished on time and on budget.

  • Limitations – Pre-construction is also a time to discuss potential obstacles to construction and find alternative solutions before work is underway.

Successful planning takes time, but it’s essential to the outcome of the build. If construction is akin to test day, you can’t cram for it. If you’re looking for a construction partner that is experienced working around existing operating facilities, come talk to us at Seacoast Construction. We take great care to understand how our client’s operations work so we are diligent in working around their requirements. To learn more, contact us today at 786-433-8740.


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