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Construction Material Delivery

Jul 14, 2021

4 min read


We want you to get the most of what you've paid for so we make sure to be there once the construction materials were delivered.

This is a photo of current material delivery to the construction site at 2888 Union Street Clearwater, Florida, constructed by Parasol Properties. Being on-site to receive materials goes a long way with placement and communication.

This is how we manage our construction materials deliveries.

Parasol tries to eliminate the duplicate handling of materials

Maximizing efficiency means reducing the time and number of steps needed to get materials from point A to point B:

As the home builder, we will need to rely on delivery personnel and our construction manager to transport materials to the right location within the site. This includes dealing with specifics and variables that occur on that particular job site. We want to prevent our crews from having to use their valuable time re-locating supplies after they’ve been dropped off, keeping costs in check and the project working on time.

It’s key that we refrain from moving materials more than once. The goal should be to get materials as close as possible to either the installation or a centralized, well-organized storage area.

Parasol has to make sure we coordinate the deliveries so the right people will be available to help unload supplies or provide direction on where materials should go. Although we outline a delivery schedule that the suppliers can adhere to set in our calendars, we still have to keep it flexible enough to accommodate special activities and shipments for which delivery times are harder to pin down.

Checking material delivery slips and performing material counts

We need to be at every material drop-off. It’s important to get the packing slip and perform a material count to ensure we receive everything sent before signing off on a material delivery. Missing product is both costly in terms of time and money. Also, damaged material will not be accepted and will be sent back.

A few things we keep in mind

  • Take the weather into account. Some supplies can be stored outside. For example, set on pallets to protect them from ground moisture and covered by a roof or tarp. Alternatively, other items, such as power tools, need to be kept inside at all times. Especially when they’re not in use.
  • Sort materials when they arrive, prioritizing items in the order we’ll need them to provide ready accessibility.
  • Make sure we have space to sort waste by type (metal, wood, drywall, etc.) before it’s removed from the job site.

Having the correct storage solutions in place will make materials easier to manage throughout the duration of the project.

Minimize the distance people need to go to get materials

Every minute counts on our job site, which is why having materials close at hand is important.

Supplies are ideally be kept as close to the installation site as possible. Therefore, we reduce the time our crews need to spend retrieving and replacing tools and equipment. We keep smaller items in dedicated, well-organized containers and replenish them from on- or off-site inventories as often as necessary.

Use the right tools for the job.

Having the right tools – including best-in-class equipment and fully stocked inventories – makes all the difference. We typically cycle our equipment and tools to ensure we’re not stuck with depreciated assets. We also manage our inventory so that nothing surpasses its usefulness due to degradation.

Analyze costs and productivity levels

We’ve implemented a tracking system that lets us monitor the flow of resources and people on our job site to identify:

  • Flaws are associated with the planning process.
  • Working conditions that might be unsafe.
  • Insufficient supplies of the necessary tools, parts, and equipment.

Ultimately, these are all factors that can influence the efficiency of the crews and the costs (both material and labor) you incur.

Material Delivery Gallery

Having construction materials delivered on time and crews ready to go are critical to meeting timelines.

Place material in a central location where they will be used.

Inspection of material deliveries can prevent unwanted costs or time required to send back to the supplier.

Material Delivery Examples

  • Rebar.
  • Concrete Blocks.
  • Framing (Lumber, Roof Trusses, Floor Joists).
  • Tubs and large plumbing fixtures.
  • Lighting Packages.
  • Cabinets and Countertops.

This article was last updated on May 26, 2022