Project Planning

Excellence in Project Management is achieved through a structured process that includes multiple phases:

  • Initiating
  • Planning
  • Executing
  • Monitoring and Controlling
  • Closing.

The process balances the key project constraints and provides a tool for making decisions throughout the project based on stakeholder values, performance metrics, established procedures and project goals.




Effective project management includes strategies, tactics, and tools for managing the design and construction delivery processes and for controlling key factors to ensure the client receives a facility that matches their expectations and functions as it is intended to function. Improvements in building quality directly contribute to reduced operational costs and increased satisfaction for all of the stakeholders. Successful project delivery requires the implementation of management systems that will control changes in the key factors of scope, schedule, budget, resources, and risk to optimize quality and, therefore, the investment. This section offers guidance for the entire team to successfully and effectively optimize the quality of a high-performance building project.

It is critical to establish the qualities of the project that are necessary to satisfy client and end user needs and expectations, once it is delivered and in use. Value for the money in construction requires completing a project on time, on budget and to a level of functionality that meets the determined needs. A well-programmed project will continue to provide value and meet user needs throughout its lifetime and will contribute positively to the environment in which it is located with a wide range of social and economic benefits. Early investment in planning, programming, and design can help deliver these benefits and avoid unnecessary costs and delays.

Contemporary institutions and organizations are increasingly realizing that traditional forms of management—based on the same approach to every project—can not meet the needs of today’s economic, social, and business environment. Additionally, the processes can be streamlined based on technologies and efficiencies not previously available. The responsibility for delivering a project as planned rests with the entire team. When evaluating options, the whole-life value should be considered and not limited to the short term initial investment. Factors that affect the longer term costs of a facility, such as maintainability, useful service life, and resource consumption should be integrated into the decision matrix.

  • Project Delivery Teams—How to assemble and effectively manage the project team.
  • Risk Management—Provides details on how risk analysis is used as an organized method of identifying and measuring risk.
  • Building Commissioning—Provides an overview of commissioning drivers, benefits, goals, and principles for improving building quality.

See our resource guide for more information on best practices.

This section provides guidance on terminology and integrated planning and development processes to establish an owner’s expectations for project scope, budget, and schedule. It also provides guidance on managing the team during the planning, design, construction, and occupancy phases of a project. 

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