When considering surgery, reputation and experience are leading factors in the selection of the surgeon. You do your due diligence and maybe even know a doctor based on conversations with your friends and family. When it’s your life on the line, it’s all about trust and confidence.
The same holds true when your business’ life is on the line, which is the case when investing in capital improvements. And any contractor you select should inspire this same level of trust and confidence. A quality contractor understands the value of reputation and experience and has already made the investments in their company, people and industry that are necessary to attain these.
Through investments in the men and women in the field, project leaders in the office, and through industry and community partnerships, quality contractors provide greater risk management on the front end. The results are quickly apparent through tangible outcomes, such as reliability, accountability, accurate commissioning, holding schedule commitments, safe work environments and meaningful warranties.
Long-term owners of these completed buildings will also enjoy reduced maintenance costs on the back end. Not only are the structures guaranteed to perform to specs but utilizing contractors, who years ago pioneered advancements like LEED certification, ensures that your business will be leaner through reduced ongoing operating costs.
Significant cost savings are also realized through enhanced productivity in the field. The building trades don’t just pluck someone off the street, give them a tool belt and send them to the jobsite. The trades and their workforce readiness partners work with candidates to ensure they have the tools and resources necessary to succeed in a career in construction. The recruits who are motivated then advance through years of in-class and hands-on training, where gaps in skills are eliminated and talents and expertise are enhanced.
The finished product is a journeyperson, who is a field professional dedicated to safety, schedule and budget productivity, costs savings, innovation and outstanding craftsmanship. A journeyperson is someone to be respected, considering they will have spent upwards of 8,000 hours honing their craft and making sure they are the most valuable they can be to their employer.
Being trained in the trades means something. It means that every person who sets foot on the jobsite has studied the proper procedures, applied it in a safe environment and demonstrated proficiency before an experienced trainer. It ensures that learning takes place in the classroom, not on your jobsite.
Through direct investment by the contractors and unions, training takes place at local, national and international training centers. Safety certifications are included in all baseline training, with coursework beginning to dovetail depending on the needs of the specific trade. An apprentice will soon find himself or herself obtaining advanced certificates and upgrades, based on the needs of the industry.
Through Infection Control Risk Assessment, the health care industry can depend on continued operation of their facilities during construction as well as the reduced risk of costly injuries to vulnerable patients.
Specialized training in hazardous waste removal and lead and asbestos abatement ensure that site prep and brownfield sites can be made ready for construction.
LEED training and certification enabling owners to build sustainable, ecofriendly buildings that generate cost-savings through reduced energy consumption.
The training centers even provide professional and technical courses designed to educate craftworkers on the business side of construction, empowering this workforce to appreciate the financial impact of their contribution to a project.
The bottom-line impact of these investments of time and resources is a cradle-to-grave team working in concert. From site prep, utilities and erecting the shell, to MEPs hanging rock and applying the last coat of paint, it’s vital that all pieces used are from the same puzzle. Through a shared commitment to advanced training, these men and women speak the same language and can ensure greater productivity from start to finish, guaranteeing that your project is in good hands.