Construction Today - November 2017 - 100
Residential | POWER DESIGN, INC.
Sky's the Limit
HOW ONE CONTRACTOR IS LEVERAGING TECHNOLOGY TO OVERCOME LABOR CHALLENGES.
aster. Leaner. Cheaper. Gone are the
days of simply meeting expectations when it comes to construction
budgets and timelines. Contractors
today are challenged to produce higher
quality products, on fast-track schedules,
with economically-driven costs, all while
facing an industry-wide labor shortage.
With more workers leaving the trades than
joining, the push for innovative ways to
attract and retain skilled labor is at an alltime high.
As Fortune reported last month, despite
rising demand, 60 percent of contractors
have faced difficulty in the third quarter
of 2017 finding skilled workers due to
the ongoing labor shortage. Ninety-one
percent of contractors are at least moderately concerned about the skill level of their
workforce as well.
CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM NOVEMBER 2017
"Recruiting top talent has always been
our No. 1 focus," says Marlene Velez, chief
people and culture officer at Power Design,
Inc., a national electrical contracting and
engineering firm. "We've never wavered
from our core values or quality expectations, which makes finding the right
candidates even more of a challenge."
The next generation of tradesmen, which
the construction industry is now dependent
on, are banking on companies that invest
in their people and in the technologies that
support working smarter, not harder.
Leveraging Tech Investments
Power Design has always embraced technology, often pushing the limits before it
is widely adopted in the industry. From
creating BIM models, to utilizing Total
Stations, issuing iPads to nationwide field
staff, developing collaborative software
in-house, and soon to include the use of
virtual reality, these investments are paying
off now more than ever.
"Not only is cutting-edge technology
appealing to new recruits, but it's helping
Power Design, Inc.
* 2016 evenue: $396 million
* HQ: St. Petersburg, Fla.
* Employees: 701 office, 722 field