What Is a Construction Work Package?

Construction contractors and project managers are familiar with creating and presenting construction work packages. A construction work package, also referred to as a CWP, serves as a proposal for executives to ensure the construction of a given project or production is well-planned out. The better a CWP is prepared, the better chance that the project will be accepted and executed by a company.

General Definition

A CWP provides a detailed outline of a construction project, in terms of scope, purpose and steps to completing the project. The package includes a budget that meets the budgetary limits set by the company or client and a scheduled plan that includes hired machinery, equipment and outsourced help. If the CWP is for a project that has yet to be given an estimated price, suggested price ranges must be included for rented equipment or required resources.

Construction Work Package Use

A CWP is evaluated by a company’s executive board or by a client to see if the construction contractor or company offering the package can complete the desired project for the desired price. In addition, the board will compare the construction work package to other package proposals to see what package will be most cost-efficient for the business. These CWP are often evaluated in terms of budget, timeframe for project completion, quality of work and result benefits for the company.

CWP Content Development

A CWP may take weeks and months to complete, as the package must contain detailed schedules and budget projections for the company’s executives. The CWP must include an executive plan, a construction plan, a budget, a release schedule for construction start and end dates, charts and graphs of production models or plans and a detailed budget for the entire process. Some packages may include more details, depending on the individual construction projects.

Tips for Writing Effective Packages

Effective CWPs are very detailed and answer all questions before they are posed by the executive board reviewers. Tips for writing effective packages include researching potential risks associated with the construction project and making a schedule with wiggle room, in case weather or unforeseen circumstances like broken machinery delay the project. Another tip is to leave wiggle room in the budget as well, so funding is available for these unforeseen situations.

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Based in Toronto, Mary Jane has been writing for online magazines and databases since 2002. Her articles have appeared on the Simon & Schuster website and she received an editor's choice award in 2009. She holds a Master of Arts in psychology of language use from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.