A growing trend in the construction industry over the past years is the idea of efficiency. Everyone is trying to find ways to get the job faster and with fewer resources, while maintaining high safety levels. This pursuit is well-merited and we’re all for it. If there’s a better way to complete a project we want to be the first to know. While we don’t claim to have a secret sauce that will guarantee operational excellence on every project, we have found a few common threads on our more successful projects. 

Communication 

Working on a large construction project can involve multiple parties who have to work together and keep each other updated on their progress. There’s us, the general contractor, the property owner, subcontractors, architects, and government agencies. If the government agency is slow to issue a permit, but no one bothers to tell the subcontractor who is eager to get the work done, the project can end up in hot water. When new information comes up, all parties need to consider how it will impact their work as well as the work of the other parties. It’s best to err on the side of over communication than under communication. While the subcontractor might be slightly annoyed getting three different calls telling him to hold off, this is a much better alternative than running into legal problems. 

Teamwork

What sounds like a generic key to success really is a vital part of any successful construction project. It’s easy for the different parties, or even different divisions within the same company, to feel like they have competing interests with everyone else on the project. To squash this mentality, leadership needs to set the example. When leadership sets a tone of cooperation and works hard to align everyone’s goals, employees down the line will take notice. This is not to say leadership should expect all their employees to automatically fall in line. It’s important to get perspective from employees involved in all stages of the process and make sure they have a sense of ownership within the project.

Problem Solving

Let’s be honest, few, if any, commercial construction projects go off without a hitch. It seems like at least a few issues always come up that will require a change to the original plans. While working hard to proactively stop unforeseen problems is important, it’s even more important to handle problems well when they occur. Remaining agile and keeping lines of communication open will help teams adapt when problems arise.