What is Subcontractor Management?
Subcontractor management is the constant and ongoing process of evaluation, training, and collaboration that allows us to deliver the highest quality construction services to our clients. It requires continuous adjustments and active participation from our Project Managers and Superintendents as they oversee the projects from start to finish.
“We are constantly collaborating with the subs to ensure proper procedures, workmanship, processes, and quality” – Denis K. CEO, Global Construction
But this process is not the same for every construction company. In fact, the subcontractor management process can vary drastically from contractor to contractor, with the “set-it-and-forget-it” method often adopted by those with lesser industry experience.
Is There a Standard Method for Subcontractor Management?
Nope. And if someone says there is, you should run in the opposite direction. When working with professional construction companies, this process will vary from project to project, depending on the site-specific requirements, project scope and size, and specific client needs. One subcontractor is never a universal fit for all jobs, and they must be selected based on who is best suited for the project.
For example, you might have a subcontractor who specializes in painting and has flawlessly executed the interiors of multi-family unit turns. However, would this sub be the right fit for painting the exterior of an industrial building? Maybe, maybe not. Do they have the proper equipment, qualifications, licenses, and experience to tackle exterior painting?
Similarly, you might have a subcontractor who excels at interior finishes but has employees who do great work but are a little rough around the edges. Would you want to hire them to complete work inside a building that will continue to operate during construction? Most likely not.
At Global Construction, we are very selective about which subcontractors we choose for each job. They must have a history of experience in the specific task, carry the proper licensing, have the necessary equipment, be familiar with any particular safety protocols, demonstrate an expert understanding of the required materials, and have a keen awareness of our needs and expectations for each individual project.
“It’s very rewarding once you have assembled a group of subcontractors and the project is executed efficiently.” – Bill Bryant, Project Manager, Global Construction