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The Role of a General Contractor

A commercial general contractor is an important part of the construction process when multiple trades are involved or a project requires multiple phases of construction. A general contractor (GC) is responsible for overseeing the construction, renovation or remodeling of a building or infrastructure project and plays a crucial role in ensuring that the project is completed on time, within budget and to the required standards.

The role of a GC typically involves a wide range of tasks, including:

Project Planning: The general contractor plans and organizes the entire construction project, including obtaining all necessary permits, coordinating with architects, engineers, and subcontractors, and scheduling the various stages of construction.

Budgeting: The general contractor manages the budget for the project, including preparing cost estimates, negotiating contracts with subcontractors and suppliers, and ensuring that the project stays within budget.

Hiring Subcontractors: The general contractor is responsible for hiring and managing subcontractors, including electricians, plumbers, and other tradespeople who are necessary for the completion of the project.

Coordination and Supervision: The general contractor coordinates the work of all subcontractors, ensuring that the project is completed on schedule and to the required quality standards. The general contractor must also supervise the work of all tradespeople and ensure that all necessary safety measures are in place.

Problem-Solving: The general contractor quickly identifies and resolves any problems that arise during the construction project, including unexpected challenges, design changes, or unexpected weather conditions.

Project Closeout: The general contractor oversees the final stages of the project, including the completion of any necessary punch lists, and the preparation of final construction drawings and as-built documents.

A successful general contractor must have a wide range of skills, including excellent project management, strong leadership abilities, and excellent communication skills. They must also have a thorough understanding of the construction process and be able to effectively coordinate the work of multiple trades and disciplines. The team at Global Construction brings a myriad of experience to the table from pre construction planning to construction management to ensure that projects are completed on time and within budget.

The job of a general contractor is a challenging, but rewarding one. It requires a combination of technical skills, leadership abilities, and a strong understanding of the construction process. With the right combination of experience and expertise, a general contractor can play a critical role in ensuring the successful completion of a construction project.

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