Summer construction on college and university campuses is ubiquitous. The minute ‘school is out’ and graduation has been held, many campuses are suddenly filled with construction equipment, materials and people in hardhats coming in and out of various buildings. If everyone seems in a hurry, it’s for good reason. The construction schedule runs from about May 15 to August 15; only 12 - 13 weeks; from when most of the students leave to when they return. Hence the term ‘summer slammer’.

It is remarkable how much can get done in that short window of time, if the proper planning and preparation has been done in advance of the start of construction. “When to do what,” is the central question.

Looking at it backwards, from the end of construction, may be the best way to sort out the critical timeline for decision making: