The majority of business owners rarely deal with construction projects and don’t understand the ins and outs of project management. That’s why business owners throughout the Carolinas look to contractors like J.M. Thompson when it’s time to build, add to, or update a commercial building. If you’re unsure what a general contractor does, here are a few things to keep in mind.
Understanding the Role of a General Contractor
When beginning a project, it’s always important to have a plan and know what steps are needed to bring that plan to fruition. That’s what a quality construction management team, managed by the contractor, does. Nothing is simple when it comes to construction projects, as numerous rules and regulations govern how and when different stages of a project can be completed.
During pre-construction planning, the contractor determines how many workers are needed to complete the project. Remember that numerous experts will be needed during a typical project. In some instances, a contractor will have many of the experts needed on staff. However, most jobs require the use of numerous subcontractors to complete a project. Those experts include steelworkers, carpenters, plumbers, electricians, and HVAC experts. Of course, other experts will be required for specific projects, which further points out the need for a contractor that’s familiar with all types of projects.
At JMT, we also ensure all supplies and materials are on the site when they’re needed. Most sites don’t have a lot of space for storing materials, which means the contractor will develop a schedule including specific delivery dates for each material so all materials are on site when required but won’t be in the way before they’re needed. For example, rough-in plumbing materials will be on site earlier than fixtures and appliances that are not needed until the final stages of construction.
Every project has a predetermined budget, and the contractor is responsible for completing the project within that budget. Yes, things happen during projects that create budget issues, but there are generally ways to alter plans so major financial issues don’t arise. That type of flexibility is generally included in design-build projects overseen by skilled contractors.
Of course, every building owner also demands high-quality work that’s completed on time. Deadlines are important, and every contractor understands businesses have a lot at stake both during and after the actual construction. Owners generally need to occupy the space in a timely fashion so they can meet their own obligations. Every construction professional will do whatever is possible to ensure all deadlines are met.
Another issue that’s important to owners is site cleanup once the project is completed. In all too many instances, contractors fail to clean up the site adequately. That’s not acceptable. The JMT team works to ensure every site is left spotless once the project is completed. Removing clutter is actually a big part of safety management. Scraps and other debris are properly contained throughout the project and disposed of properly.
What Types of Projects Do Contractors Deal With?
JMT’s past projects include a wide variety of buildings used for just about any business. From large industrial projects to sports facilities, we’ve been there. That means we’re able to handle just about any project you’ve got in mind regardless of where you are in the Carolinas.
If you’re erecting a new building, we’ll be there throughout the planning stages to make sure no details are missed. It’s our job to make sure your project flows smoothly from start to finish. We also know that every project is unique, and we always work with building owners to make sure the building will meet their needs. We work with designers and other experts so all your goals for the project are met.
Today, many JMT clients are exploring ways to renovate an existing structure to meet new needs. Every renovation project is unique, and issues frequently surface that are not seen during a new build. That means our team has to be flexible and able to deal with problems when they arise. At the same time, there are still budgets and timelines to meet, and we take pride in our ability to work around problems as they occur during renovation projects.
Meeting Modern Needs
New and innovative products and materials are constantly entering the market. Many of those products are intended to make buildings more efficient and, at the same time, keep construction costs under control. JMT will always look for ways to enhance your project and deliver a final project you can be proud of. Many owners are looking for “green” solutions that are also practical. Energy efficiency is always a valuable outcome, so work with design experts and our team to develop energy-efficient strategies that will reduce expenses over the life of the building.
If you’re interested in using specific building strategies or materials, we’re always willing to listen and work with you to design and build the project you want. Our team of experts is trained to know which products or building strategies will produce the best results, and we’re always willing to discuss using new and innovative techniques.
Look for a Full-Service Team
J.M. Thompson’s clients can take advantage of a wide variety of construction services that improve efficiency, reduce project costs, and ensure a better final product. Our pre-construction, design-build, general contracting, and construction management experts all work together to ensure your project is completed on time, stays within your budget, and meets your standards. If you’ve got questions, take the time now to contact the JMT team for the answers you need.
About Our Team
J.M. Thompson is owned and operated by John, Dickie, and Marty Thompson. The brothers all have extensive construction experience, and their staff members have been hand-picked to ensure every project is completed successfully. The company’s vast experience building and renovating structures throughout the Carolinas means we’ve got the experience and expertise to ensure your project will meet your expectations. For more information or to schedule an evaluation of your project needs, take the time now to contact our team.