Construction site logistics and its relevance to project success

Major changes in the urban landscape over the past five years have set new requirements for construction site logistics. Nowadays, urbanization allows for creating more architecturally unique building structures; it also makes it possible to construct higher buildings and to select more variable facade solutions for them. Buildings are set increasingly closer to each other and they are often bordered by pavements and streets. Moreover, the yards of new residential buildings are frequently small and cramped, as a result of the desire to construct as many buildings on the same site as possible, to maximize the use of space. Furthermore, car parks must be fit for demanding applications that allow for locating parking lots of housing companies underneath their roof which can then be used as common yard areas.

Paying attention to these changes in the urban landscape that affect our installation work calls for seamless cooperation with building developers and the collaborative preparation of a logistics plan. An excellent logistics plan for the construction period ensures a smooth, safe and cost-efficient implementation, from the viewpoint of every party.

Lumon site logistics

What are the requirements for construction site logistics as a result of changes in the urban landscape?

It is important for project success to reserve enough time for the planning of site logistics operations. At Lumon, we know that tight schedules and unexpected tasks may increase work-related stress, further solidifying the importance of reserving enough time for planning. In our opinion, it is advisable to spend more time in the planning phase to ensure the proper allocation of resources is dedicated to complete working phases in due time and in the right order.

Lumon ensures that goods are brought directly to correct locations on a ‘just-in-time’ basis by working in seamless collaboration with the developer's responsible site managers. We have improved our product packaging system, to make it easy to lift the glass goods onto the balconies where their final storage place is. This will release storage spaces at the site to be used for other purposes. For this to be possible, the goods must be ordered with correct measurements in advance, then manufactured and delivered to correct locations on the balconies. Finally, they will be installed by fitters who complete all duties from inside the balcony.

It may be challenging to ensure safe working conditions at all times, especially if communication amongst team members and the time used for the planning of logistics operations are inadequate. The completion of a construction project generally requires the use of locations, like the yard and street areas, where construction work is presently underway on several phases and construction vehicles are moving into and out of the site. If these factors are not considered before site duties begin, they may put people at unnecessary risk of injuries, or cause damage to the property.

Effective logistic arrangements may cut down many of the costs, like rental fees caused by scaffoldings, street areas and lifting gear. Inadequate planning of logistics may typically result in additional work and delays in schedules. Therefore, it's best to reserve enough time for the planning of such operations. Locating goods in their correct locations, while the construction work is in progress, is one of the significant factors that guarantees goods remain intact and their moving does not cause additional costs. The first priority, however, is to enable end users, i.e. residents, to enjoy magnificent views through faultless Lumon glazing products from their own balconies.


Lumon site logistics

Lumon Mika Juuti, Security Manager
Mika Juuti
Security Manager, Lumon Oy
The author has been working with different types of installation and development projects since 2002. In his current position, he is responsible for developing employee security at Lumon Oy and Lumon Suomi Oy.