Shopping Center Paving – Plan First, Revise Constantly
“Expect the best, plan for the worst, and prepare to be surprised.” ~ Denis Waitley
The first time I heard that quote, I thought, “what a realistic approach to planning…you never know what’s really going to happen!”.
Over time, however, this has grown to be my favorite project management quote, simply because it proposes not only the need to plan, but also need to stay flexible in “expecting the unexpected”.
In fact, I think every aspiring property manager would do well to read this quote, understand it and start applying it to maintenance projects.
Each shopping center paving project should start with certain planning protocols to ensure the success and satisfactory completion.
Here are some simple steps that you can undertake when starting a shopping center paving project:
Shopping Center Paving – The Planning
The first step in the project plan is determine the scope of your project. In this case, before paving the shopping center parking lot you need to understand the size and location of the project.
For a newly built shopping center, there are fewer safety issues to deal with since there are no traffic, tenant or customer issues to address. This is not to imply that there are no safety issues, just fewer issues because business are not currently present.
However, subcontractors and other building professionals are present and need to adhere to safety protocols.
For an existing shopping center, the lost will require milling. Milling is the process of removing the existing top coat of pavement for recycling and preparing the subcoat for fresh pavement.
Planning the timing and safety this this step in an existing shopping center is particularly important to preserve access for existing tenants and customers served by those businesses.
After dealing with the physical task of paving, you also need to reposition curb stops and bollards. A line striping project is also needed to ensure that the mall visitors are well directed.
After identifying all the milestones and tasks for the paving project, formulate a viable and workable budget that will be reasonable and still maintain the quality of work done.
Shopping Center Paving – Preparation
During this stage, communicate the finer details of the project with ALL affected parties and inform them about the main goals and timing for your project.
Take the time to explain expectations for them as well. Moreover, asses the obstacles that you are likely to face when preparing the lot for construction and the availability of machinery.
Make sure that you anticipate most of the issues that may affect your project and have contingency plans to avoid delays.
Shopping Center Paving – Execution
In this stage, ensure that you have contacted the necessary authorities and informed them about your project.
Make sure that your contractors are ready to begin work as planned to avoid any delays. The workers whether skilled or unskilled should have the required safety equipment and appropriate safety protocols in place.
In addition, ensure that all the necessary backup materials, labor or equipment are available to prevent any delays that may affect the construction process.
Shopping Center Paving – Assessment
After all the construction work is completed, assess whether expectations have been met.
If not, make sure that before you close the contract, resolve any issues your specifications.
Address any underlying issues that may have occurred during the process to ensure that there are no conflicts with post completion service responsibilities.
After you have resolved all issues, you can officially close the project.
If you want your construction shopping center paving project to be successful, you have to plan, prepare, execute, and assess.
Shopping Center Paving – An Expert Resource
Are you considering a shopping center paving project? Do you need an experience property maintenance company to help you “refresh” your shopping center pavement?
C & L Services is a third generation family owned property maintenance company. We have been providing property maintenance services to real estate developers, commercial property owners and communities in New Jersey for over forty years.
We can give your property the attention needs and keep your residents happy.
If you’re in North Jersey, Contact us at 908-730-7884. If you’re in Central New Jersey call us at 732-886-1940 to arrange for shopping center paving.