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Construction glossary

What is Breaking Ground?

Breaking Ground, in the context of the construction industry, refers to the initial stage of a new construction project. This process often commences with a ceremonial event, typically involving the initial digging into the ground, symbolizing the beginning of the construction project. It is the first step towards site preparation which involves various tasks including soil testing, land clearing, excavation, and leveling among others. Breaking ground signifies the transition from the planning and designing phase into the physical building phase of a project. The event is usually marked with utmost importance as it indicates the project's commencement and is often attended by the project stakeholders, from contracting company representatives to local government officials. This signifies the beginning of the transformation of a blueprint into a tangible structure.