Building materials for mission-critical facilities like data centers, power generation plants, and hospitals have direct impacts on facility operations. Considering the consistent impact of foot traffic, vehicle traffic, and machine vibration, concrete slabs must be reliable enough to not only avoid becoming a liability, but also maintain long-term strength. For facilities that can’t afford disruptions to operations, setting the foundation with rapid-drying concrete can lower the need for maintenance and keep facilities operating optimally. By achieving target relative humidity levels quickly, rapid-drying concrete helps mission critical facilities compete aggressive timelines, but also avoid several of the liabilities that come from traditional concrete solutions.
The standard design-build construction method, where a contractor and designer work in tandem, differs from the traditional design-bid-build construction method in which the owner/developer maintains separate contracts for both the designer and contractor. Generally speaking, the contractor leads the design-build method, and then hires an architect to design the facility.
As a general contractor or project manager you have much to think about at the start of a project. You must choose the right subcontractors and develop a schedule that allows you to coordinate the activity of multiple trades and complete your building on time and within or below budget. Still, unforeseen events can drastically impact your plans, your schedule and your budget. Read our guide on comparing moisture mitigation solutions to see which is right for your project.
The Tech Industry Doesn’t Sleep, Nor Does its Facility Development
Data centers, server farms, telecomm facilities, and laboratories, among other tech facilities, commonly fit within the definition of mission critical. The interruption or delay of operations within these hubs would result in disaster for business and severely compromise revenue streams. Both post-construction risk mitigation and speed to revenue are of vital importance to the owners and developers of these projects because of the timely significance of their functionality.
Speed-to-market construction plans cannot be executed well without a great construction project manager at the helm. No matter how well conceived the design and the schedule, the project manager will be the kingpin that ensures project standards are met and finished on time. Project managers must juggle a combination of flexibility, accountability, and clarity of communication to hit timelines and meet developer expectations.