In the last two decades, we’ve been spearheading a greater focus on sustainable approaches to construction and use of green technologies. The conversation on global warming is real, and it’s not going to slow on it’s own.
“Strategic” is a word that gets bounced around a lot and is often linked with either “planning” or “thinking”, but the terms have very different meanings. Strategic planning (analysis) tries to predict and plan for the future, while strategic thinking (synthesis) creates a framework for adapting to challenges.
Innovation can be a liability, if the process is not understood or properly managed. For the work on site, construction materials and processes have been in place for years—in some cases, centuries—proving the test of time, again and again. But for us that doesn’t mean innovation takes a back seat.
The management of any construction project, regardless of the size, requires rigorous planning by experienced people. As we’ve previously discussed, foresight is the key to success at every stage of your build, ensuring you’re able to adhere to your timeline and budget. Attention to detail, and a thorough understanding of each and every aspect of the construction process, are invaluable, and can prevent anything from poor subcontractor performance to late delivery.
Change is inevitable in any business, and if handled properly can be extremely positive. After all, there’s no growth without change! In 30 years, our company has seen a lot of changes; in technologies, in the construction industry, and within our own organization. Along the way, we’ve learned some valuable lessons about maintaining stability in a changing world.
As urban populations rise, it makes sense to build upward, not outward. But building within an urban environment brings with it design and construction challenges that set these projects apart. Many cities have height restrictions and/or style requirements that designers are obliged to meet, while high-density housing or offices need to be well-designed to keep the people who use them happy and healthy. From the safety of passers by to the enjoyment of users, achieving success in urban building comes down to foresight and planning.
In the construction world, failing to deliver a project on time and within budget can be disastrous for both client and contractor. The frustrations that overruns cause for clients are obvious; blown budgets, late openings, lost business.
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a comprehensive set of guidelines designed to improve the efficiency and design of buildings, reducing waste and significantly improving their sustainability.
One of the most valuable things a general contractor can do is build lasting relationships with the sub trades, architects and consultants they work with.