4 Common Reasons Construction Projects Fail

Whether it’s a tenant improvement project or a ground-up build, there is a long list of factors that can determine a project’s success or failure. When companies lease or purchase new space, more times than not the space needs to be built out or adapted to fit the organization’s operating needs. While the square footage and scope of work will vary from project to project, the investment of time and money for construction is always significant.  And when a project is not properly managed, additional costs can add up. To help avoid costly mistakes, we have identified four of the most common reasons commercial construction projects fail.

1. Poor planning

Planning is a crucial cornerstone to any successful construction project. Without a proper plan in place, a project can be doomed before it even begins. A solid construction project plan serves as the blueprint for the project’s entire lifecycle. A plan that’s laid out well sets the foundation for project managers to efficiently allocate resources, control costs and efficiently manage and predict timelines. A good plan outlines main objectives, identifies possible challenges and carefully details each step of project execution.  A project plan should also ensure that all stakeholders are aligned and informed along the way. A thorough plan not only defines proper steps and timelines but also outlines roles that different parties play. Carefully identifying different roles, responsibilities and communication protocols fosters better collaboration among teams, contractors and suppliers. Effective planning is the difference between chaos and order, which ultimately increases the likelihood of successfully completing construction on time and within budget.

2. Overlooking requirements

Failing to establish a clear understanding of construction project requirements can be detrimental. Identifying a clear list of requirements for each phase of a construction project from site selection through occupancy is a long one. Projects can require different applications for permits, certifications, zoning and inspections. Having a clear understanding of which requirements apply to a specific project is crucial to its success. When selecting a commercial construction project site, it’s important to consider factors like zoning laws, environmental impacts, accessibility and local regulations to ensure a project is feasible and sustainable. Project managers also need to have the ability to accurately comprehend the design and functionality requirements of the project. This helps ensure that the final construction aligns with the client’s needs and vision. Fully understanding these requirements assists in making the best decisions regarding materials, labor, budget and scheduling.

3. Underestimating budget

One of the biggest reasons commercial construction projects fail is due to a miscalculation or underestimation of the budget. Construction projects require funding, and it begins with setting a realistic budget. The budget needs to include all necessary costs and it should account for potential changes or issues that may arise. No one likes a surprise, but it is better to cushion the budget for changes than be caught without the funds for something unexpected. Much like a sound construction project plan, a well-crafted budget lays out the financial roadmap for a project and covers a project from procurement to labor costs and unexpected contingencies. A complete budget allocates resources efficiently and lays out a detailed plan for managing cash flow. Budgeting also makes it easier for decision-makers to make informed choices, assessing quality, needs and costs while minimizing financial risks. A well-thought-out and followed budget helps prevent cost overruns and delays, which are detrimental to construction projects.

4. Lacking leadership

A commercial construction project is more likely to fail when the wrong people are making decisions. Having too many decision-makers (think too many cooks in the kitchen) can cause unwanted confusion. By the same token, failing to identify a clear leader to make final decisions or selecting an individual or individuals that does not understand the goals and objectives of the project will create issues. It’s important that the decision-makers have the experience and knowledge necessary to ask the right questions and provide valuable guidance for taking the project from concept to completion.

This is where hiring a proven commercial construction project manager can make a significant difference. Skilled commercial construction project managers will anticipate challenges, mitigate risks and help the team make informed choices that align with project objectives. Effective decision-makers should foster collaboration among stakeholders to ensure that the project stays on track and any conflicts are resolved quickly and efficiently. The competence and leadership of the main decision-makers on a project can be the difference between a smooth, successful project completion and one marred by costly mistakes, delays and dissatisfaction.

The LaunchPM team has extensive experience in the commercial construction industry and knows what it takes to successfully take projects from site selection through occupancy. Our services include everything from planning and execution to closeout. If you are considering moving offices, expanding operations or need a new facility, contact LaunchPM to learn about our services and how we can help you through the construction process.

Project Coordinator David Garcia


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“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”

— Michael Jordan

Professional Expertise

David joins LaunchPM with extensive experience in campaign management, assistant management within the telecommunications sector and supply chain operations.

David worked as a Campaign Manager for a social media company where he adeptly orchestrated multifaceted marketing campaigns from conception to execution, consistently driving brand awareness, customer engagement, and revenue growth. David brings his skills and proficiency to the LaunchPM team where he oversees day-to-day operations and strategic initiatives. David has a proven track record in implementing innovative solutions to overcome logistical challenges, to enhance productivity and ensure seamless operations across diverse business functions.


BA of Arts and Science in 3D Animation and Visual Effects, New Mexico State University

Why LaunchPM?

After much contemplation and a fervent search for change and growth, I chose to embark on a new journey with LaunchPM. Their commitment to innovation, fostering professional development and embracing diverse perspectives deeply resonates with my aspirations for personal and career advancement. I’m eager to contribute my skills and expertise to a dynamic team dedicated to pushing boundaries and making meaningful impacts in the community.

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“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience and trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and successs achieved.”

— Helen Keller

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With 6 years of property management experience, Yessi has worked through a diverse range of apartment living types, including student, conventional, military, and luxury housing.

Prior to joining LaunchPM, Yessi worked as a Workplace Coordinator for a widely known FinTech company. She acted as a culture carrier within the office by coordinating events, leading RTO onboarding and consistently pulse checking the office to ensure employee satisfaction remained high.


Attended the University of Arizona, studying Psychology.

Why LaunchPM?

LaunchPM came into my life at the perfect time and has offered me the opportunity to learn and grow with some of the most skilled individuals I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. I look forward to achieving greatness alongside this incredible team.

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“For me, becoming isn’t about arriving somewhere or achieving a certain aim. I see it instead as forward motion, a means of evolving, a way to reach continuously toward a better self. The journey doesn’t end.” 

— Michelle Obama

Professional Expertise

Hannah joins the LaunchPM team with an interest in pursuing a career in project management. Her previous experience as an Account Manager for a social media company provided her with experience in managing multiple clients, meeting deadlines and working as an integral part of a team. In her position as Assistant Financial Coordinator these are skills that will serve her well as she is tasked with assisting in various aspects of accounting including: managing invoices, updating project budgets and keeping updated records of any changes to project finances.


Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from Hofstra University.

Why LaunchPM?

I have a passion for planning and organizing and was excited when I learned about the opportunity to join the LaunchPM team and apply my skills. It is a growing company with a knowledgeable group of professionals in the construction project management industry for me to learn from and to grow.

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“Even the most precious of all gems needs to be chiseled and faceted to achieve its best luster. There is nothing that remains so constant as change. Don’t end up like concrete, all mixed up and permanently set.”

— John L. Mason

Professional Expertise

Bringing in-depth knowledge and experience of corporate administrative and operational roles, Angie Velimirovich serves as a Project Management Administrative Assistant with LaunchPM. Drawing on her exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail, Angie supports our team in delivering optimal results for clients.

Prior to joining LaunchPM, Angie enjoyed a long-term career with Avnet – one of the world’s largest distributors of electronic components and embedded solutions. During her time with Avnet, she served in departments such as Corporate Real Estate and global electronic sales in the U.S. and Latin America.


Lease Administration Training, Phoenix College & University of Phoenix

Industry-specific courses

Why LaunchPM?

LaunchPM is a very innovative and forward-thinking company, which creates a fun work environment and great growth opportunities.

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“My mission in life is not merely to survive but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, compassion, humor and some style”

— Maya Angelou

Professional Expertise

Rebecca is an accomplished and dynamic leader with more than 25 years of professional experience in commercial property management, building operations, tenant improvement, leasing and financial management. During her career she has also gained valuable knowledge and experience in marketing, sales training and residential real estate.

Prior to joining Launch PM, Rebecca worked as the property manager in the real estate department of a leading, nonprofit in the healthcare industry. There she was responsible for operations of a comprehensive portfolio of properties that included more than 35 medical office buildings. During her five-year tenure, she worked closely with Launch PM on more than 51 expansion or tenant improvement projects, valuing more than 50 million.

Rebecca’s strong communication skills, attention to detail, focus on results and commitment to assisting the team allow her to be a strategic partner as a Project Coordinator for the Launch PM team.


Commercial Property Management – AZ Department of Real Estate

Residential Real Estate License

Industry-specific courses

Why LaunchPM?

It is exciting to join a dedicated, hardworking team with the commitment, integrity and values that create a positive and healthy work environment where people are involved and take ownership.

I am a passionate individual with a genuine interest in assisting individuals and companies reach their goals and potential growth.

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“Apprentices work furiously to learn the rules; journeymen proudly perfect the rules; but masters forget the rules.”

– Randy Kosimar

Professional Expertise

With a background in the custom cabinetry industry, Mike has held a variety of roles that have equipped him with unique insight for his position as a Project Manager with LaunchPM. As a former Professional Woodworker, he produced handcrafted custom furniture and cabinetry. He also served as an Installation Supervisor, coordinating installation of custom cabinetry on site, and as a Staging/Shipping Supervisor, which required him to coordinate the staging and shipping of all project phases to sites around the country.


BA in Urban Design, Arizona State University

Why LaunchPM?

LaunchPM has allowed me to challenge myself and grow as an individual while also being a part of a tremendous team.

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“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.”

— Colin Powell

Professional Expertise

With over 22 years of experience in the design and construction industry, Chris has worked on a wide variety of project types, including corporate office, hospitality, healthcare, higher education, mission-critical, and municipal. He has served as director/vice president of operations and has vast expertise in estimating and pre-con, project management, ground-up construction, and renovation.

Chris has been responsible for building approximately 500 or more tenant improvement projects, ranging in price from $10K to $10 million and in size from 100 sf to 100,000 sf. Drawing on his experience, Chris provides constructability review and strong cost analysis throughout the design phase. He enjoys interacting with multiple stakeholders, design teams, and contractors, and taking a project from inception all the way through final completion.

Chris’s strong communication and organizational skills enable him to balance and work on multiple projects simultaneously.


Associates in Applied Sciences – Architectural and Building Technology, Vermont Technical College

Bachelor of Science – Construction Management, Arizona State University

Why LaunchPM?

I love being surrounded by dedicated and hard-working individuals who share a common goal to go above and beyond expectations to make our clients’ dreams and projects a reality.

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Principal/ CEO

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“I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint – and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you.”

― Oprah Winfrey

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Gathered through more than 25 years of experience in the design and construction industry, Beth Scarano offers extensive expertise in a variety of project types including corporate office, hospitality, healthcare, higher education, mission-critical, and municipal.

Beth headed the client and project development teams for several national construction firms and was responsible for projects valued at more than $3 billion.
Her strong communication, organization, management and team-building skills enable her to bring a wide range of talent to the table in order to create swift and measurable results for her clients.

Beth provides strategic leadership and assists the LaunchPM team in developing and managing the client’s goals and expectations. She has experience working with many high-profile clients and brings a solutions-oriented approach to each project.
Committed to her community, Beth has also shared her leadership skills as a board member for several professional and non-profit organizations.


Pepperdine University and Arizona State University focusing on a degree in Business/Marketing.


Board of Directors and Active Member, CoreNet Global
Mentor, Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation
Active Member, Alliance for Construction Excellence
Active Member, Central Arizona Society of Healthcare Engineers
Active Member, NAIOP
Active Member, Phoenix Community Alliance
Past Co-Chair, Community Building Consortium, Greater Phoenix Economic Council

My Personal Commitment to Service:

I have always been a strong believer in the philosophy that “actions speak louder than words” and “doing what you say you will do.” My personal commitment to service is to be the best wife, mother, sister, friend, and partner to those around me by giving and doing my best.

Why LaunchPM?

LaunchPM is about making things happen and I am fortunate to be a part of this rare group of committed and talented people focused on service.

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