Alongside the designer, hiring the general contractor (GC) is the most important decision an owner/developer can make for a large-scale construction project. There are few choices as impactful on one’s project as choosing the correct GC for your facility construction. While there is often the temptation to skimp and opt for a cheaper option, you will want to hire someone you can trust and — as importantly — someone with whom you can collaborate with through adversity.
Healthcare facility development remains one of the most complex endeavors in the construction industry. Design is dictated by many factors including, but certainly not limited to, physician-hospital relations, financing, capacity, care for the uninsured, patient safety, technological advances, patient satisfaction and perpetually changing government regulations. The number of parties involved (owner/developer, architect, program manager, general contractor, subcontractors, compliance firms), construction timelines, patient/staff experiences, budget concerns and facility longevity present daunting challenges for project owners. We cover four steps owners/developers should take before and during the construction process to mitigate challenges.
The Tech Industry Doesn’t Sleep, Nor Does its Facility Development
Data centers, server farms, telecomm facilities, and laboratories, among other tech facilities, commonly fit within the definition of mission critical. The interruption or delay of operations within these hubs would result in disaster for business and severely compromise revenue streams. Both post-construction risk mitigation and speed to revenue are of vital importance to the owners and developers of these projects because of the timely significance of their functionality.
The American healthcare industry is one of the greatest beneficiaries of “speed-to-market” construction due to society’s absolute need for affordable and quality healthcare. The infrastructure for the healthcare industry must keep pace with increasingly growing urban centers, advancing technologies, and the offering of a more diverse array of healthcare services. Upgraded construction efficiency helps quickly provide needed services and bring a facility to market much sooner.
The decision of choosing building materials for speed-to-revenue construction projects, including concrete, will generally reside with the construction design team (to be eventually approved by the owner). As those within the construction industry can attest, some design teams are set in their ways and generally stray away from new adaptations to traditional construction methods or materials. That said, project owners should be aware of their available options in addition to suggestions made by their chosen designers.
Topics: Speed To Market
Speed-to-market construction plans cannot be executed well without a great construction project manager at the helm. No matter how well conceived the design and the schedule, the project manager will be the kingpin that ensures project standards are met and finished on time. Project managers must juggle a combination of flexibility, accountability, and clarity of communication to hit timelines and meet developer expectations.
As a contractor, you understand the importance and challenge of completing a project on time and on budget. By now you have likely had one or more of your project schedules or budgets adversely impacted by the fact there is seldom time, or favorable enough conditions, for conventional concrete to dry naturally to the levels required by floor covering manufacturers.
Topics: Speed To Market