Construction Today - Volume 16, Issue 2 - 121
'Both our businesses approach projects
the same way, we have the same ethics.'
To solve the issue, New South Construction had to remediate the
bulk of the rocks.
The unpredictable weather has been another factor. The Atlanta
metro area has been hit by several snowfalls this winter. Construction progress stalled briefly because the unexpected snow made it
unsafe for crews to travel to the job site.
The snow soon melted, however, and worked resumed after a few
days. The storm left the ground soaked, forcing New South Construction put in temporary gravel roads to give vehicles better traction
and make the site accessible. The company also worked with its subcontractors to adjust schedules and get back on track quickly. The
project's steel contractor began working six days a week to install
the exterior framing, and the drywall vendor added manpower to
complete its work more quickly. "For us on the construction side, the
ability to maintain schedules comes from the opportunities to expedite schedules at the appropriate times during construction - either
through weather advantages during dry periods or after buildings
are dried in," Brown says.
New South Construction chose its subs through a bidding process,
but it was selective about which firms it invited to submit proposals.
"Due to the size of the project, we were selective in the subcontractor
and material vendors that we solicited for pricing," Brown explains.
Although the project consists of six structures plus the development of the campus itself, New South Construction chose to treat it
as one large project instead of seven smaller jobs. As such, the chosen subcontractors - except for the drywall vendors - are working on
all of the buildings in sequence. New South Construction developed
the schedule so that two buildings are always in roughly the same
stage of progress. As each set of structures finishes a phase of construction, subs move on to the next set of two buildings, giving them
a steady stream of work until the entire campus is completed.
The consistency between subcontractors made sense because the
buildings all share similar design features such as light fixtures, carpeting and finishes. The experience completing installations in one
building helps work on the next building go more quickly. "Overall,
it's definitely been a success with the progressive flow we've set up
with a two-sets-of-three approach," Brown says.
Because all of the labor on the project has been contracted out, the
subs are instrumental in maintaining the schedule. As many as 50
subcontractors are involved with the project, with an average of 300
workers per day on site. "There's definitely a lot of entities touching
this job," Brown says.
New South developed the schedule
so the project's two buildings are
always progressing together.
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