POLICY: Preliminary Overall Project Schedule

PURPOSE: To ensure the entire plan for constructing the project is drafted into a bar chart format to be used (1) during the estimating phase to convey durations to subcontractors and vendors and (2) as part of the bid package.



A. The Project Manager and the Superintendent (if available) will develop a preliminary Overall Project Schedule using a bar chart format as listed in Project Startup Policy (O.EST.-010).

B. The following activities, at a minimum, will be shown on the schedule:

  • Sitework
  • Foundations
  • Framing (Steel, Wood or Concrete as applicable)
  • Interior Framing/Rough Ins
  • Drywall/Finishes
  • Roofing

C. The following milestones, at a minimum, will be denoted:

  • Framing/Erection start
  • Truss delivery, if applicable
  • Dry-In
  • Inspections
  • Substantial Completion
  • Intermediate turnover dates if applicable

D. Specifications and owner time restraints will be considered when developing the overall duration.

E. The schedule must be professionally drafted so that it can be reproduced and included in the estimate presentation.

F. The appropriate upper management officials must approve the preliminary Overall Project Schedule prior to its use for estimating purposes.

Project Schedule Sample


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