General contractors are professionals who coordinate and supervise every component of a commercial construction project. This includes securing permits and hiring subcontractors to help with the project, including carpenters, plumbers, and electricians.
Hiring a general contractor goes beyond managing hands-on tasks. General contractors essentially take responsibility for everything at the worksite, including worker’s compensation and liability insurance. They are also financially responsible for any property damaged on the job site.
Lastly, a general contractor is responsible for securing jobsite supplies for the subcontractors to use. When managing more extensive projects, they also take charge of worksite cleanup and disposing of all trash and debris left behind.
From our eight decades of experience, we’ve concluded that the best general contractors obtain these eight elements:
- People-first leadership: A good general contractor has an innate talent and drive to give the client exactly what they want. With a people-first leadership style, they ensure they do what’s best for the client rather than what’s best for their own interest.
- Supportive work environment: A supportive work environment enables one general contractor to learn from another. This promotes best practices and encourages consistent learning and training in the industry.
- Attract and retain the best employees: When a construction company hires general contractors, they need to make sure they’re in it for the long haul. Attracting and retaining the best employees is crucial for long-term success and client retention.
- Strategic business plans: Good general contractors are experts in project management. Strategic business plans enable projects to get done as cost-efficiently as possible and within a reasonable timeline.
- Use the best business development practices: Good business development practices ensure clients receive high-quality construction services for the best price.
- Diverse mix of projects: Working with a wide range of projects shows how varied and capable a general contractor is of completing unique tasks.
- Operational strength: A good general contractor can plan for a job better than most companies in other industries. From start to finish, they put the client’s needs and best interest above everything else.
- Strong risk management: Contractors are natural risk-takers. Many things could go wrong on a jobsite, and a good general contractor must know how to approach every situation.
Hiring a general contractor provides many benefits to your design-build process.
Commercial construction projects—especially from the ground up—are costly. When starting on a construction project, project owners don’t realize how many moving parts there are to the process: architects, plumbers, pavers, interior designers, electricians, and the list goes on. Contractors are well-equipped to organize communication with these professionals, so you don’t have to worry about missing a key contributor to your project’s success.
Each state requires general contractors to be licensed and insured, meaning that they’re held accountable for any on-site damages or injuries. However, some contractors lose their coverage because they have too many incidents on site and pose a risk to employees and project owners. When a contractor is licensed and insured, you can be confident the job will be done well and the workers’ safety is a top priority.
Commercial building construction is more complex than it may seem; there are many logistics and design properties to take into account. General contractors are well-versed in everything construction, from the design stages to the final project. Hiring a general contractor allows you to come in with an idea and a budget, and the rest is in the contractor’s hands.
For over eight decades, Calahan Construction has brought expertise, experience, quality, integrity, and value to each project we take on. Our small business approach produces significant business results, which is why we’re one of the most trusted general contractors in Colorado.
We’ve served industries across the board to help them maximize their workspace and promote a more efficient and welcoming work environment. But don’t take our word for it—see what our partners have to say! Connect with us today to get started on your next construction project.