Educating Owners Before You Build


The construction or renovation of a facility is a major undertaking that requires the investment of significant financial and organizational resources. As a project owner, you will achieve the greatest value for this investment by securing a solid understanding of what needs to happen before construction even begins. The Washtenaw Contractors Association can help you with that! 

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Education Makes An Efficient Build

Long before construction begins, you, as facility owner, and your design and construction team must make a myriad of planning decisions. The quality of your facility and the efficiency of construction depend on the timeliness of these decisions. The decision-making process requires a great deal of time. It can take from six months to more than a year to organize and focus your professional team, find satisfactory land and financing, design your project, and secure approvals. Clear project goals, good team cooperation, regular progress meetings, and timely decision-making are the tools that can shorten this pre-construction phase and get construction started more quickly.

The Washtenaw Contractors Association has prepared an educational template that provides information on the planning process from the identification of the need for a facility to the beginning of construction.



Our Before You Build: Guide to the Purchase of Construction Services summarizes the major decisions you and your professional team must consider in a sequential manner. While some decisions and tasks may overlap, each one is necessary for a successful project.

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Get More Help From WCA

WCA volunteers are available to provide your construction project team with a full, in-person presentation of the Before You Build information. Please contact the WCA by telephone at 734.662.2570 or send an e-mail to to request a presentation.