Improving Subcontractor Efficiency and Effectiveness
BELTSVILLE, Md., Aug. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – General contractors in the Washington D.C. area need every competitive advantage that they can get these days. The prolonged economic slowdown has reduced the number of private construction jobs available and federal construction work, which had previously been a staple in the region, has declined as well.
With more companies pursuing fewer projects, GCs are looking to reduce their costs and streamline their schedules while continuing to deliver high quality work. Subcontractors are often key to the success of these efforts, but all too often the different trades have trouble working together. Disputes can arise over access to certain areas of the job site or delays by one subcontractor can prevent another from completing work on time.
Manganaro Midatlantic (www.manganaro.com), a subcontracting company that specializes in drywall, masonry, and air barrier construction, understands the difficulties that arise from trade clashes on a jobsite. A few years ago, it began requiring the drywall project manager and the masonry project manager on a job to spend time together and to communicate on a regular basis so that work could be better coordinated. The company began cross-training its workforce so all team members could handle any and all projects, whether they involved drywall, masonry, or air barrier or some combination of the three, leading to the company’s adoption of the One Voice, One Team management system.
By the end of 2013, everyone at every level of the company will be cross-trained with the One Voice, One Team so that they can take on any type of project (the only exceptions will be the skilled craftsmen in the masonry and drywall trades). Manganaro has already begun using one primary field manager to oversee all aspects of its work, so their clients can now go to just one manager instead of one from each trade.
Contractors looking for ways to increase their competitive advantages in a tight market will find that Manganaro’s One Voice One Team philosophy can assist them. They can get great depth and breadth of experience from a single company, with all of its varying components working together effectively under a single point of contact, helping them stay on budget and on schedule.
SOURCE Manganaro Midatlantic