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.