One of the most important but often overlooked organizational tasks of a construction supervisor is planning a layout for the project site. Many decisions must be made such as where to place office trailers, where to store onsite materials, and where to keep equipment when not in use. Unfortunately, supervisors often take a haphazard approach to the layout task, not realizing the effects their plans can have on productivity. Other important reasons for plotting an efficient jobsite layout include minimizing the potential for worker accidents and reducing material and equipment theft.

For most jobs, the layout must include similar elements: staging areas, access roads for equipment and materials, office trailers, materials and equipment storage, and toilet facilities and parking areas for workers. Use a checklist to verify that the layout sufficiently accounts for these critical elements.