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Title: Assessment of the challenges for project closure practices in Ghana: A case study of the shopping malls in Ghana
Authors: Segbedzi, Walter
Hackman, Joe Kingsley
Keywords: Project closure
construction
contractual closure
administrative closure
Ghana
Issue Date: 17-May-2021
Abstract: The study sought to investigate the effectiveness of the project closure practices used in the Ghanaian construction industry. To achieve the aim, the study set out three objectives: to examine construction project closure practices in the Ghanaian construction industry; to evaluate challenges associated with project closure practices in the Ghanaian construction industry; and to establish strategies to mitigate the outlined challenges of project closure practices in the Ghanaian construction industry. The study employed the quantitative method of research. Questionnaires were developed and distributed among fifty-nine (59) respondents comprising of construction project professionals from the construction of four of shopping malls in Ghana namely the Accra Mall, the West Hills Mall, the Kumasi City Mall and the Takoradi Mall. Fourteen (14) belonged to the employee of owner/client, twenty (20) were employees of contractor while the remaining twenty-five (25) belonged to employee of consultant of construction projects. Data collected were analyzed by means of Relative Importance Index (RII) and the mean-score. The study revealed that the general practice of closing the project consisted of contractual and administrative closure practices. Majority of eighty percent (80%) practiced the contractual closure practices. Further, the study identified eleven (11) factors of challenges related to the construction project closure practices which “contractor related activities” was ranked as the highest challenge hampering the effectiveness of construction project closure practice. It was also revealed by the study that, effective communication and co-ordination should be exercised during construction by all stakeholders as that was ranked as the highest strategy to foster effective construction project closure practice. The study recommends that administrative closure practices should also be practiced frequently by the construction project managers just as they practice the contractual closure practice. Also, provision of “certificate of beneficial occupancy to the owner to use the facility” must be encouraged to be done for all construction project closures. Lastly, the study recommends the importance of a close out schedule, that, it is agreed to by all stakeholders so that everyone’s requirements can be met. There is the need to circulate this early (efficient communication) so each one can work towards this and ease the handing over process at the end.
Description: A thesis submitted to the Department of Construction Technology and Management, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Award Degree of Master of Science in Construction Management, November 2019
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/13754
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