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Construction glossary

What is a Milestone?

A milestone in the construction industry refers to a significant event or achievement in the life of a project. It marks a turning point that indicates the completion of a major phase, or a key deliverable. For instance, it could be the conclusion of the design phase, acquiring a building permit, or completion of site excavation. These markers serve as checkpoints to monitor progress, assess risks and ensure that the project is on schedule. They function as tools for communication among stakeholders about the status of the project, providing a clear picture of the project's trajectory. Furthermore, milestones can also provide a basis for payment, wherein a contractor may be paid upon reaching specific milestones. In essence, milestones are pivotal in construction project management, underpinning successful planning, coordination, and execution of projects.