General

How to Build Buildings Faster

As a gen­er­al con­trac­tor, one of your biggest con­cerns is fin­ish­ing a project with­in the allot­ted dead­line. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, you’ve learned many times over that this does­n’t always work out, espe­cial­ly with cost over­runs or unex­pect­ed delays.

To make mat­ters worse, firms like yours may also receive inac­cu­rate sched­ules for move-in dates, con­tract com­ple­tion dates, or when final inspec­tions will take place.

These are all mad­den­ing, and it’s espe­cial­ly rough when you’re work­ing with build­ing mate­ri­als that aren’t easy to install while fac­ing labor short­ages. It could lead to major dis­putes with your cus­tomers about why you end­ed up going over bud­get and past com­ple­tion dates. The last thing you want is to deal with lit­i­ga­tion over what hap­pened and explain why the con­struc­tion was not com­plet­ed on time.

Even if you ulti­mate­ly come out of this unscathed, your rep­u­ta­tion could suf­fer great­ly, which does­n’t bode well for con­tin­ued busi­ness.

And, on top of that, with the grow­ing pop­u­lar­i­ty of design build, you are not only expect­ed to com­plete the build­ing on time but to com­plete it faster or risk los­ing future projects.

Thank­ful­ly, there are some prac­ti­cal steps you can take and con­struc­tion mate­ri­als you can use to com­plete build­ing projects more quick­ly.

Get Clear Completion Dates

Before sign­ing a con­struc­tion con­tract, make sure you get the bud­get and com­ple­tion date in writ­ing. You should do this months in advance so it gives you plen­ty of time to pre­pare and get all the right con­struc­tion mate­ri­als.

Once you have this in writ­ing, you won’t have to deal with argu­ments about what’s writ­ten on spe­cif­ic timeta­bles. When you rely on ver­bal agree­ments, some­one usu­al­ly ends up for­get­ting or mis­re­mem­ber­ing the dates lat­er on.

What’s even more crit­i­cal is to post dead­lines on your project sched­ule so every­one can see the tar­get­ed com­ple­tion dates. Each con­struc­tion project should have a start and end date to make sure every­one knows what to do and when.

These should be com­mon prac­tices but it’s always tempt­ing to revert to the sim­ple ver­bal agree­ment. When you are over­worked and under­staffed, it’s easy to under­es­ti­mate the impor­tance of this step. At the time, you might think you are being more effi­cient, but in the end, you can eas­i­ly add time and expense to a project.

Gather Your Resources in Advance

You don’t want to start search­ing for the right build­ing mate­ri­als at the eleventh hour. If you wait too long, you might encounter some snags and have to com­pro­mise. Using the wrong mate­ri­als for the job could jeop­ar­dize your abil­i­ty to fin­ish cer­tain con­struc­tion phas­es by the tar­get­ed com­ple­tion time.

Here are three rec­om­men­da­tions to make sure this doesn’t hap­pen to you:

  1. Don’t assume that your local deal­er or dis­trib­u­tor will have the mate­ri­als you need on the day you need them. Plan ahead for prod­uct lead times.
  2. Have a back­up source of sup­ply.
  3. Pay extra atten­tion when new or rarely used prod­ucts have been spec­i­fied. You want to know where they are com­ing from and how long the prod­ucts will take to arrive. When deal­ing with man­u­fac­tur­ers in oth­er coun­tries — who speak oth­er lan­guages, fol­low oth­er con­struc­tion prac­tices and use dif­fer­ent mea­sure­ments — you need to pay extra atten­tion to all of these details.

To make faster deci­sions in your con­struc­tion projects, gath­er all your resources months in advance. Hav­ing all your mate­ri­als sourced ear­ly means you’ll make smarter deci­sions lat­er and you won’t have to wor­ry about your mate­ri­als when you face sud­den con­struc­tion chal­lenges.

Reduce Obstacles Before a Construction Workday

It pays to take care of low-pri­or­i­ty tasks before an actu­al con­struc­tion work­day com­mences. This means answer­ing emails, set­ting up pre­sen­ta­tions and putting togeth­er con­struc­tion esti­mates.

Get­ting these things out of the way lets every­one focus on the con­struc­tion and won’t cre­ate unnec­es­sary chaos dur­ing nor­mal work­ing hours. You’ll also carve out more time to stay on-site dur­ing con­struc­tion to super­vise what’s tak­ing place. The more time you spend super­vis­ing in per­son, the more pro­duc­tive and effi­cient the job site will be.

Find Products That Are Easier and Faster to Install

Most con­trac­tors stick with tried and true prod­ucts and just accept what­ev­er lim­i­ta­tions they have. But there are a num­ber of inno­va­tions dis­rupt­ing the con­struc­tion indus­try. One grow­ing threat to tra­di­tion­al build­ing tech­niques is the growth of pan­el­ized and mod­u­lar con­struc­tion. Own­ers under­stand the time val­ue of mon­ey and they want to occu­py build­ings as soon as they can.

You can only reduce con­struc­tion time by a small amount if you’re using tra­di­tion­al solu­tions, such as wood or met­al fram­ing or con­crete. New­er solu­tions, on the oth­er hand, can reduce this time by 50% or more.

With these needs in mind, there has been a prod­uct cre­at­ed that is eas­i­er and faster to install cor­rect­ly the first time, even with less expe­ri­enced labor. The inno­v­a­tive Bau­tex™ Wall Sys­tem is an insu­lat­ed con­crete block wall sys­tem that speeds up con­struc­tion times expo­nen­tial­ly. It replaces tra­di­tion­al wood, met­al or con­crete when design­ing and con­struct­ing walls.

It’s also sim­pler to install than tra­di­tion­al mate­ri­als, in part because it’s so light­weight and stays in place. And because it pro­vides both the struc­ture and con­tin­u­ous insu­la­tion in one prod­uct, it’s faster to install while meet­ing new ener­gy codes. Builders using the Bau­tex Wall Sys­tem no longer have to add extra days and extra trades to insu­late walls.

Build­ing own­ers will also appre­ci­ate the increased dura­bil­i­ty, ener­gy effi­cien­cy, fire pro­tec­tion and storm safe­ty.

It’s also a great choice for those who want green mate­ri­als. The Bau­tex Block is made with recy­cled mate­ri­als and is man­u­fac­tured region­al­ly in Texas.

Vis­it the Bau­tex web­site and find out how the Bau­tex Wall Sys­tem can speed up con­struc­tion for you while giv­ing your own­ers more than they were expect­ing.