Impacts of Pre-Project Investment & Quality of Documents on Project Delivery Efficiencies

November 2021

The report is a product of three years of study, including a comprehensive literature review, an online survey distributed to owners, design consultants, general contractors (GC), and subcontractors (Subs), and in-person interviews. 

The findings reinforce the critical role of the project owner’s commitment to upfront investment during the pre-project planning and design stages on the quality of design documents and subsequent construction project performance. Research showed that an error that costs $100 to address during pre-planning could cost $1,000 during the design phase and $10,000 during construction.

Notably, the study confirms a direct and positive correlation between the amount of time and investment that owners spent in pre-planning – and the quality of design documents in terms of completeness and suitability of purpose. 

Read the report.

Review the fact sheet.