General Contractors provide more service than the client may see onsite. There are the obvious simplicities of ordering materials, buying tools and equipment, conducting regular maintenance on equipment, hiring labor, and interviewing sub-contractors. Then there are more complicated tasks involved with moving the job forward efficiently, according to schedule, and within budget. Understanding the unseen aspects of a construction project is beneficial to the owner and members of the project team.
Building design falls under the responsibility of the architect, and it’s assumed the architect is familiar with available materials and current methods of building when designing the building. Working with the contractor early on in a project is beneficial to the overall success of the project, because the contractor may know some things the architect isn’t aware of. Contractors know how to read and follow blueprints, and they also know how to read the designs and offer suggestions as to how to achieve the intended results with more efficient materials or building processes. In some cases, according to the needs of the project, the contractor may draw some designs for a small portion of a larger project in order to expedite the overall progress of a project.
An experienced contractor knows how to utilize local community recourses. Women and minorities may not be highly represented in Commercial Construction, yet they add to every stage in the process be it design, management, or labor. Hiring local talent helps the community economically in addition to helping the structure truly represent the neighborhood. When local sub-contractors and labor work on a project, it becomes a landmark and source of pride for the people who live nearby.
Making a building happen requires more than pouring foundations and building walls. The project requires an overall design and construction timeframe while meeting the project scope. Site management involves scheduling of material delivery so each sub-contractor can complete their portion of the job on schedule to prepare for the next sub-contractor to fulfill their portion of the contract job. Site management also involves coordinated safety measures to protect the project, workers and the public.
The physical aspect of erecting a building may seem fairly simple. Doing it efficiently takes on a new meaning and involves more than just the labor seen by the layman. Assuring that the finished project is high quality, and meets the needs of the owner requires an experienced professional who understands there is more to a building project than simply building.