It does not matter whether you construct an office, hospital, or manufacturing plant. The construction crew’s safety and that of future occupants is critical. Attention to detail is imperative and can make all the difference. The building specifications and construction permits can vary from project to project, but a typical order of operations remains consistent.

Working with an experienced construction firm will get the job done well and in a timely manner. Here are the initial stages of construction:

  1. Conceptualization and Design Creation

The initial stage of construction is not the foundation. While this is understandably a popular misconception, in truth, the first stage of construction is conceptualization, design, and the creation of blueprints.

All of this is accomplished with assistance from an architect, which helps things stay up to code. It’s also at this point where the design will be certifiably stable and structurally sound. Buildings have to have longevity.

  1. Building Permit Acquisition

If you have blueprints and construction plans for a building, you must start the permitting process. As soon as the blueprints are approved and accepted, you must obtain a permit to start clearing and leveling the building site. Then, you’ll need permits for digging and pouring the foundation. And so it continues. 

Along the way, an experienced company will help you get your permits at the right time. 

  1. Land Clearing and Excavation

After your initial construction permits come in and are settled, your project will begin with clearing and excavating the land. The process includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Foundation Pour

This is the point where the foundation actually gets poured. After all, the space has already been cleared and excavated. Take note of the building’s size and the land’s actual stability. The subsurface may still require preparation beforehand based on those factors. Double-checking won’t hurt and can only do good.

  1. Framing Completion

After the poured foundation is cured, the next step is framing. Steel beams or wood frames are installed at this juncture. Don’t worry if it takes some time; it’s vital for everything to be laid out properly.

  1. Rough Electrical and Plumbing Done

Specialty contractors will expand the rough work done by the framers in the building’s shell. They will install pipes, wires, and ductwork where they need to go. This will help finish up other aspects of the job, like installing drywall, insulation, and ceilings.

  1. Roof Installation

Roofers work towards finishing the roof at the same time rough electrical and plumbing work is done. It has to be finished before any other steps can be taken moving forward. That way, no damage will happen to the work when the weather intercepts. 


Construction can seem overwhelming to some and straightforward to others. In truth, as long as the basics are laid out well, it should go smoothly. Before any foundation is laid out, the concept and design have to be set, building permits need to be applied for and the land has to be cleared and excavated.

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