In fact, Brookstone Builders has been involved in nearly a dozen renovation projects during this time frame, which has brought about a few consequential developments from the contractor’s perspective that you might find interesting.
On a general basis, frequent involvement in renovation or redevelopment projects will typically require structural or operational changes in three specific areas:
- ob-site operations
From a staffing perspective, a contractor must form sub-contractor teams that are well suited to the nuances and special demands associated with this type of construction.
To start, these craftsmen must be experienced at working in occupied environments – that is, environments in which other people continue to work during the course of a construction project. As noted below, the presence of non-construction personnel in and around a job site makes a big difference in how certain aspects of the job are handled.
But before they can even report to many industrial job sites, renovation crew workers must first comply with the various security and citizenship standards that many of today’s manufacturing or international
Once they qualify for work at the site, scheduling flexibility is another pre-requisite for renovation or restoration crew members, as we must accommodate our customer’s need to conduct “business as usual” during the implementation phase of each project.
This often makes it necessary for us to install major electrical or mechanical systems after/before normal work hours or on weekends, and team members
must be willing to accommodate these special scheduling needs.
Our Project Managers and Superintendents must also possess or develop enhanced skills, which are used on a daily basis when they work in conjunction with Project Engineers to refine plans, schedules
and resolve issues quickly.
As stated earlier, the presence of non-construction personnel around the job site brings about the need for a contractor and the job crew to place increased focus on a number of procedural and operational issues as well.
While safety is a paramount issue on all projects, for instance, it becomes even more important when non-construction personnel are working in close proximity to the job site each day.
Noise and dust abatement also become bigger issues on a high percentage of renovation projects, as they could potentially affect people’s ability to perform their jobs and might even have a negative effect on a manufacturer’s work environment or product quality.
Finally, once the right teams are assembled and on-site operational plans determined, it is also important for a contractor that focuses on renovation work to maintain the appropriate managerial and IT systems to keep track of the varied schedules, certifications and logistics.