It’s no secret the building trade has traditionally provided jobs for talented men who had an aptitude for engineering design and architectural grace. It was also a job with little or no consideration as to the impact a project may have on the environment and local economy. With the development of social awareness, inclusion of women and minorities in the workforce, and an understanding of the benefits of green and sustainable building, the construction industry has reached a new paradigm consistent with the modern generation’s values.
Eco-Friendly Designs and Techniques
The most accessible proof of how the modern building process has evolved is the use of environmentally friendly projects incorporating economically sound materials and methods. The process begins when an architect designs a building taking into consideration how the contractor is going to utilize the plans and how the manufacturer is going to efficiently provide the required materials. On site, the contractor considers whether there are more efficient means, methods and materials toward achieving the architect’s visions. The project superintendent determines how best to achieve the mutual goals of erecting a building which suits the clients needs while being a positive contribution to the community. The wave of environmental awareness in present day society can be identified with the increase of Green and LEED Certified construction, remodels and renovation projects. Green and LEED projects follow a detailed set of guidelines that have requirements for materials used, delivery methods and construction practices in order to be certified.
Women in the Workforce
In the past, not many women were able to play a major role in the construction process. Modern day builders recognize how valuable women are to the industry, and women are now in active roles from investors and owners to jobsite superintendents and foreman, architects and engineers, project managers, laborers and business owners.
In the past, minorities may have been relegated to menial daily labor, but fortunately this is no longer the case. Today, the industry recognizes that minorities, by their very definition of the word, can bring in the fresh perspective of a different upbringing and environment. Much like women, the value minorities bring to every stage and role of the job, from concept development to construction, is a valued and integral aspect of the building process.
The construction industry is as much a part of the nation’s infrastructure today as was in yesteryear. The means to which the industry provides its contribution has reached a new paradigm. In today’s world, all contributions are valued and accepted with an understanding of the social responsibilities the job entails and requires.