"No man is an island", said metaphysical 17th century poet John Donne. And while he was referring to humanity's need for each other in general, the phrase has some relevancy to the construction industry as well. Successful projects don't happen here without the successful collaborative efforts of a project team as a whole. But there are some key partnerships within this group that very much affect the outcome of a project. Below are a few examples of the collaboration in construction.
5. Owners And StakeholdersSometimes also known as project shareholders or sponsors, project stakeholders are bluntly, the financial wheels that make a project turn. They may or may not be a project client, who will be directly utilizing a finished project. But these individuals definitely have access to, and control over, the finances that allow a project to move forward. While it's possible for a construction firm owner to be a stakeholder as well, generally firm owners handle money connected to the operations of the firm itself, such as payrolls and supply purchasing. Stakeholders and owners work directly together on issues like financing and scheduling.
4. General Contractors And SubcontractorsGeneral contractors enter into contract agreements and provide general building services, while subcontractors provide more specialized work like installing plumbing or electrical systems. While these two teams technically aren't on the same one, it's important that they can work collaboratively to avoid accidents and project delays. Good scheduling skills are important here.
3. Project Managers And Project SuperintendentsManagers and superintendents work together to insure the progress of the project, including such potential issues as land, paperwork, and permitting. These two also work closely together on budgeting, to try to keep a project within its framework.
2. Project Superintendents and ForemenYes, the superintendent is the project's "eyes on the ground" person, but it is essential that he or she work closely with the site's foreman to avoid safety, staffing, and equipment problems.
1. Architects And DesignersThese two groups of specialists work closely together during various phases of a project to make sure that their visions are in compliance with all planning and building requirements.
And one construction “partnership” that is becoming essential on projects is construction software like Raken, which allows for collaborative work in real time from a number of locations. Not only does Raken insure the fast and secure transmission of both text and images between parties, it reduces the need for physical meetings, saving firms time and money.