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Category: Glossary

Find descriptions, templates, and examples of common construction terms and tools such as punch lists, RFIs, and more.


A Complete Guide to Preconstruction

What Is Preconstruction? Preconstruction is the term used to describe the process leading up to work on any construction job. In this initial planning phase, stakeholders set expectations, scope out the work, and plan a schedule for the project from start to finish. The preconstruction phase is essential for a successful construction project—without careful, detailed ...


Punch List

What Is a Punch List? A punch list, also punchlist or snag list, is a document created in the final stages of a construction project to provide a list of items that must be addressed before construction is considered complete and payment is issued. The list is usually made by the owner, architect or designer, ...


RFI – Request for Information

What is an RFI? In construction, RFI is an abbreviation for Request for Information. It refers to a solicitation of details or additional information about an aspect of the project that needs clarification. RFIs may be sent to, or from, anyone involved in the construction project, including the owner, construction manager, general contractor, architect, designer, ...


General Contractor

What is a General Contractor? A general contractor, or GC, in a construction project is the party responsible for scheduling and overseeing the day-to-day activities of a construction project. General contractors are hired to manage the project from groundbreak to its completion, providing the materials, labor, and equipment. In the UK, general contractors are more ...