Based on the answers generated by this analysis, important choices can be made about whether any portions of a facility can be vacated during construction. Typically, these choices are made through considering such questions as:
- Which portions can be vacated for the duration of a phase of construction (typically several months)?
- Which portions can be vacated on a limited basis, such as while a specialist goes on vacation?
- Which portions can be vacated after hours or on weekends?
- Which portions can allow limited work to be done during operation, e.g., pulling tech wire through a functioning space?
Once a thorough facility analysis is completed, a building project’s phases and sub-phases can be defined. Written descriptions are developed for the requirements of each major and sub-phase, including a statement of what is required for substantial completion of each part of the process. Also included is an outline of any construction activities that must extend beyond any defined phase; for example, fire alarm or electrical systems work may continue if the entire route of a system cannot be vacated during a specific project phase. The phasing plan is then illustrated in preliminary architectural drawings.