Buildings of the Future

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The world is changing at an exponential rate and science-fiction is fast becoming science-fact.

We are moving toward an increasingly digital, interconnected society, and with it comes the realisation that everything we know will change.

Compared to other industries, the built environment has been slower to react to this change. Buildings will be built using organic methods that allow for better energy efficiency, less pollution, and even less invasive impact on the environment. The future of construction will focus on efficiency, environmental awareness, and safer practices and reduce health and safety issues.

Let’s explore…

These are few Buildings in the future in Dubai

Future Dubai Building (Foto von Isaiah) Zayed National Museum

By 2025, 25% of Dubai’s new buildings will be made using 3D printers.

The aim of the 3D-printing strategy is to reduce labor by 70 % and cut costs by 90 % as well as solve the emerging homelessness crisis.

The above photo is of pictures of buildings of the future, with 71% of the Earth’s surface covered in water, and the threat of rising sea levels, innovative inventors and architects are looking to aquatic crafts as the next logical step forward for the future of human living.

These are just some concepts that could take to the seas in the near future.

Sources:
Youtube
Aurecon
Smart City Hub


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Iconic African Buildings

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As we know South Africa is known for its diversity and extraordinary views, Often when people think of Africa, they think of wide-open spaces, breathe taking sunsets and animals running free in our back gardens, overlooking the beautifully architectonic Iconic buildings throughout Africa.

Take a look at the 5 Iconic Buildings below, do you have any you’d add to the list?

1. Bosjes Chapel / Steyn Studio – Witzenberg, Western Cape, RSA

Photo by Adam Letch
Architects: Steyn Studio
Area: 430 m3
Address: Breederiver Valley, R43, Witzenberg Municipality, South Africa
Set within a vineyard in South Africa, is designed by South-African-born Coetzee Steyn of London-based Steyn Studio.

2.The Big Pineapple House – Bathurst, Eastern Cape, RSA


The structure is 55ft high
Consists of four floors containing a gift shop, a museum that houses the history of pineapple farming in South Africa

3. The Castle of Good Hope – Cape Town, Western Cape, RSA

Coordinates: 33°55′33″S 18°25′40″E
Built:1666–1679
History: Battles/wars – Second Boer War
Build in the 17th century in Cape Town, South Africa. In 1936 the Castle was declared a historical monument (now a provincial heritage site) and following restorations in the 1980s it is considered the best-preserved example of a Dutch East India Company fort.

4. Great Mosque of Djenné – Djenné, Mali, West Africa

The Great Mosque of Djenné is the largest mud- or earth-brick building in the world and is widely acknowledged to be the greatest achievement of Sudano-Sahelian architectural style
Rebuilt/refurbished 3 times due to heavy rains in West Africa

4: Basilica of Our Lady of Peace – Yamoussoukro, Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa

“Basilica in the Bush” is the largest church in the world.
This is a presidential project, commissioned by the first president of Ivory Coast, Felix Houphouët-Boigny, who was 83 at the time.

5. Independence Square – Accra, Republic of Ghana, West Africa

Black Star Square, is the second-largest square in the world after Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China.
Completed in 1961, the square was commissioned by Ghana’s first president, Kwame Nkrumah.

As we can see The architectural differences and historical differences in these buildings are just another example of how diverse South Africa and Africa really are. These iconic buildings give our tourist industry insight into our culture and history.

Did you know: South Africa is the only country in the world with three Capital cities?

Sources:
Arch Daily
The Guardian
Wikipedia
Pinterest
The Guardian
Expat Explore
Architecture Around the World


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Building Innovations to Look Out for

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The world is constantly evolving and improving especially with regards to technology. Everyone is looking for new and easier ways to build their businesses. Here are some Construction Building Innovation Ideas listed that is taking place and to look out for in the future.

HD Surveying and Geolocation

Projects can get delayed because of ground conditions, looking for better ways to improve this with new techniques that incorporate high-definition photography. 3-D laser scanning, and geographic information systems. This can improve accuracy and makes the process faster saving time on projects.

5-D Building Information Modeling (BIM)

What is BIM?  BIM is a digital representation of the characteristics, including physical and functional aspects of a project. This is a 5D designed model created to give a detailed example on how the finished project will be looking like as an end result.

Digital Collaboration and Mobility

Everything is being digitized so as to communicate and collaborate with each other in the building and construction industry with regard to the latest projects. Creating mobility to have a connected network saves you time and avoids errors, making communication easier and more understandable.

IoT and Advanced Analytics

In the construction industry, the IoT can allow construction machinery, equipment, materials, structures, and more to talk to a central data platform. Sensors can be used to monitor productivity and reliability in your business.

Robotics

Robots will become the future in construction whether it will be laying bricks or tying rebar. Robots are more accurate and can lift heavier objects. Various types of robots, such as collaborative industrial robots and logistics robots impacting the construction industry hugely.

Cloud and Mobile Technology

In 2021, you can expect developers, engineers, and contractors to easily integrate and manage their existing processes through a single, always-connected cloud-based platform. Projects running in real-time with accurate data and digitalization, eliminating various manual tasks, saving time, providing greater cost flexibility, and improving profitability and productivity.

Drones

How can a Drone impact the Construction industry? Surveyors can survey a site in minutes, which normally can take weeks or even months. This is saving time and money, and accuracy and precision. This is what will help construction in the future to better in general.

These are some of the Newest Building innovations to be on the lookout for.
How has this new way of building affected your company?

Sources:
Imaginovation
BSI Group
ABB
National


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Featured Project: Panorama Hilltop Villas – Building

Free State

Description
Construction of townhouses on portion 43 of farm Pretoruis Kloof 152 L in Bethlehem, Free State. GPS coordinates: lat: -28.231872777450114; long: 28.328408866115005.

 

Status Region
Awarded Bethlehem
Category Value
Building Unknown At This Stage
Industry Timing
Residential 8 months
Sector Class
Private Invited / Negotiated / Turnkey

 


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Featured Tender: Construction of Mahangu Access Road and Bridge in Ward 09

Featured Tender: Eastern Cape

Contract Number:

MATAT/2020/2021-0054 – Matatiele Local Municipality – Readvertisement

Description:

Matatiele Local Municipality invites tenders for Construction of Mahangu Access Road and Bridge in Ward 09.

Category Industry
Infrastructure Road
Region Site Inspection
Eastern Cape 07 June 2021 at 09:00
Closing Date Contract Period
28 June 2021 at 10:00 No Details

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Construction Highlights from 2020

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Where do I even start? 2020 was a year like no other, caused by a global pandemic that claimed many lives, spiked retrenchment, closure of businesses, projects paused, increased food prices, and the list goes on. But today we focus on Construction Highlights from 2020. With Covid-19 construction had to adapt to new trends and technology. This coming with both disadvantages as well as advantages, communication between tenderers and clients became easier, but connectivity was sometimes an issue, systems required constant updates. IT was and continues to be the biggest contributor to communication during these times.

The construction industry was knocked with the Level 5 lockdown as all work came to a standstill for roughly 3 months, impacting on completion time, as well as other projects that were in the pipeline.

Commercial construction stats are expected to fall by 16% in 2020, with retail stats projected to be down by 33% and hotel/motel stats by 31%. Apart from the bad, there was also a good side to construction in 2020, please see projects below.

1. Calgro M3 breaks ground on student housing projects in South Africa (Linked to PPA 25970 which is Underway)

To be located within the Belhar CBD development, a mixed-use residential project, the accommodation will be built in three parcels of land located next to one another.

The 44 000m² site will border the southern boundary of the University of the Western Cape campus and is situated close to the Unibell train station and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.

Comprising of six buildings with nearly 2,720 beds, the accommodation will have different types of sleeping quarters for students including single and double rooms and double room apartments.

Additionally, there will be suitable accommodation and ablution facilities designed specifically for disabled students.

The accommodation is expected to have several communal facilities within the residences such as bathrooms, lounges, study and dining areas, kitchens, laundries, and tuckshops, along with gym areas and residence manager apartments.

2. World Bank approves $131m financing to upgrade roads in Uganda (Linked to DTA 818876 which closed on 03 July 2020)

The Uganda Roads and Bridges in the Refugee Hosting Districts Project will involve upgrading 105km Koboko-Yumbe-Moyo road, and upgrade road infrastructure in areas hosting refugees in the country’s West Nile sub-region.

Additionally, the bank is financing the rehabilitation of the 340km Tororo-Mbale-Soroti-Lira-Kamdini road under the Uganda North Eastern Road-corridor Asset Management Project as well as the construction of the 100km of the Kyenjonjo-Kabwoya road under the Albertine Region Sustainable Development Project.

3. Maire Tecnimont wins $400m contract for two oil and gas projects in Algeria (The contract, worth $400m, was secured by Maire Tecnimont’s subsidiary Tecnimont)

The project will be implemented in the BirSeba and Mouiat Outlad Messaoud oil fields, located in the Touggourt area, about 130km northeast of Hassi Messaoud.

The scope of the contract includes full engineering, procurement, and construction activities such as the expansion of the existing oil central processing facility, by installing a new oil separation train to double the total capacity up to 40,000 barrels of oil per day.

It also includes installing two additional remote gathering stations and over 400km of pipelines connecting the new oil production wells, along with implementing gas lift and water injection facilities.

Sources
World Construction Network
Epic Flow
BDC Network


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5 Historical Buildings in Bloemfontein

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To the seasoned traveller, Bloemfontein holds a whole array of history and exciting facts. Being known as “The City of Roses” attests to the beauty the city holds as well as holding a little fame for being the birthplace of J.R.R. Tolkien, the author of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit. But to the unseasoned traveller, little may be known about this city except perhaps that it is the Capital of the Free State and that it borders on the semi-arid region of the Karoo. If you’re looking for some historical insight and a city that will not disappoint, Bloemfontein is not to be missed on your next road trip. Listed below are 5 historical buildings that are an absolute must on your next South African adventure!

1. Supreme Court of Appeal

Bloemfontein is the judicial capital of South Africa. The Court of Appeal building was built in 1929 and is the highest court. The Court of Appeal is also known as the Supreme Court of Appeal where the final decisions are made. Except for the Constitutional Court, no other court rules over it.
The original building was designed in a free Renaissance style by J S Cleland, the Chief Government Architect, who was also responsible for many other major public buildings in South Africa. The oldest part was built with sandstone from Ladybrand, the newer western wing with sandstone from Ficksburg, and the latest extension with sandstone from Mookgophong in Limpopo. On each occasion, the extensions were constructed to preserve the style and appearance of the building as far as possible.

2. National Afrikaans Literary Museum

The National Afrikaans Literary Museum and Research Centre is a central archive for material and information on the history, development, and scope of literature, music, and drama in the Afrikaans language. The NALN was founded in 1973 by the Free State provincial government and is based in Bloemfontein, South Africa. NALN is located in the Old Free State Government Building. The building housed the various government departments of the Orange Free State government. The first story’s front facade was designed by Richard Wocke and the keystone was laid by President Brand on May 31, 1875. In 1895, the second story was built, designed by Johannes Egbertus Vixseboxse. The remainder of the building was designed by Sir Herbert Baker, an architect of the Union Buildings in Pretoria, and was completed in 1906.
On October 28, 1908, the original building was destroyed in a fire. From 1909 to 1911, it was largely restored based on Baker’s blueprint. Improvements were the work of the government architect F. Taylor. The tower was, among other things, narrower and 10.5 m higher than the original one, and was fitted with a rounded crown.
From 1877 to 1902, the Old Government Building was the headquarters of the Government of the Orange Free State. The Free State Volksraad met in the Third Council Chamber from 1877 to 1893. Afterwards, it remained the seat of the Government of the Orange River Colony, and in 1911 became the provincial headquarters of the Orange Free State. In 1972, the building was declared a national heritage site.
The Human Sciences Research Council began mounting exhibits in the building and using it as an archive for documents on language and literature in 1970. The document archive developed into the Literary Museum of Bloemfontein. On October 9, 1972, the Administrator of Free State, announced the establishment of the NALN. On March 24, 1973, the NALN was officially opened by Johannes Petrus van der Spuy, at the time Minister of National Education.

3. City Hall

Bloemfontein City Hall is a building in Bloemfontein which houses the local city council. The building was completed in 1936 and burned by vandals in 2017. The building lies on President Brand Street downtown next to the Supreme Court of Appeal of South Africa and facing Hertzog Square. The building is a sandstone structure designed by Gordon Leith. The city hall has a large room, the council meeting room, behind its eastern entrance. The entrance on President Brand Street is designed symmetrically with two towers. Pillars give the east entrance neoclassical elements. Over the symmetrical entrance hang signs indicating Stadhuis and City Hall. Above these lie the former city coat of arms.
During the 1980s, new municipal offices were opened alongside the building. Even after municipal government changes in 2000 and its 2011 reclassification, the local government has continued to use the town hall.
On June 21, 2017, vandals set the building on fire. The fire was lit during a protest by the South African Municipal Workers’ Union held at the building earlier during the day. The municipal archives in the building were lost in the fire.

4. Twin-Spire Church

Established on 13 November 1848, The Dutch Reformed congregation, also known as the Tweetoring Kerk, held its services initially in the Raadsaal, a humble thatched building in St George’s Street. On 6 January 1849 Major Henry Warden, the British Resident Administrator, laid the foundation stone for a new church and, at the same time, presented a bell to the congregation.
The building was only completed on 29 May 1852. By 1862, it had grown too small for Bloemfontein’s needs and the construction of a new hall was proposed. The project was only undertaken in 1874 when architect AW Wocker was commissioned to design a church. The old building was demolished whilst services continued to be held in a warehouse, owned by the firm of GA Fitchardt, immediately across the road.
President Brand laid the foundation stone for the new church on 10 May 1878, and on 7 May 1880, the new building was consecrated. The structure was notable for its twin spires and is commonly known amongst citizens of Bloemfontein as the Tweetoring Kerk. Unfortunately in April 1935 the western spire, including its clock, collapsed. Following fears that the second spire could also fall, both towers were shortened at the height of the church roof and given shorter pointed steeples. Following extensive structural restoration, by the end of 1942, both spires had been restored to their former height. A subsequent fire in 1952, set by an arsonist, fortunately, caused little structural damage, and the building was declared a National Monument under old NMC legislation on 15 February 1963.

5. The Fourth Raadsaal

The Fourth Raadsaal is a historic building in Bloemfontein, South Africa, which serves as the meeting place of the Free State Provincial Legislature, the legislature of the Free State. It is located opposite the Supreme Court of Appeal in President Brand Street. In the early 1880s, it was resolved to build a new presidency office and chamber council. The designs for both buildings were awarded to Johannesburg-based Lennox Canning. The new presidency office was completed in 1886, yet work on the chamber council had not begun until 1889 by another Johannesburg-based architect, TR Robertson. President Francis William Reitz laid the foundation stone on 27 June 1890. Due to construction issues, another tender was awarded to JJ Kirkness. The new building was formally inaugurated on 5 June 1893 when the members walked from the old chamber to the new one.
In March 1900, British forces occupied Bloemfontein and the building became a military hospital. Most of the furnishing were acquired and are now in private homes. The Orange River Colony became the legitimate government in 1907. The colony had a two-chamber legislature consisting of a council and a legislative assembly. The lower council continued to meet in the Raadsaal, while a separate building facing Aliwal Street housed the upper house. In 1910, the Union of South Africa was formed and the Raadsaal housed the provincial council. The chamber and its rooms were occupied by the Appeal Court until its own premises was ultimately built in 1929. After the first non-racial elections in 1994, a decision was taken to house the newly-established provincial legislature in the building.

As one can see, just from the 5 historical buildings mentioned here, Bloemfontein is a city teeming with culture and is immensely rich in heritage. The buildings and museums reflect a historical journey and make Bloemfontein one of the most important cities to visit in the history of South Africa.


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6 Beautiful Buildings in Durban

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6 Beautiful Buildings in Durban

Often my colleagues and I would talk about a road trip to Durban as they would say….” Take us to your Mommas house”. But that has not happened due to the Pandemic. For now though, perhaps this 20-minute read will help you with a glimpse of what to expect?

Durban (Zulu: Ethekwini, from Itheku meaning “city”) is the third most populous city in South Africa  (after Johannesburg and Cape Town) and is the largest city in the South African Province of KwaZulu Natal.

So whether you are in the City for Business or Pleasure be prepared to be blown away by some of its Structures and Buildings (in no particular order).

1: Durban ICC – also known as Inkosi Albert Luthuli

The Durban ICC is constructed on the site od the old Durban Central Prison, and today the centre stands as a symbolic reminder of the transformation the country has undergone. It’s hard to believe that this site was once a place of darkness and incarceration has turned into a place of enlightenment and a venue of the global dialogue. Personally, I also call this an all-in-one Building, as it can host the following events:

  • Conferences
  • Exhibitions
  • Sports and Events
  • Weddings  / Banquets and private functions
  • Concerts

2. Durban City Hall

Known for its authentic structures as its construction is historical,  landmark finished in 1910. In 1903 architects were invited to submit designs when it was found that the original Town Hall (now the Durban Post Office) was no longer large enough. The exterior now has sculptures representing the Arts, Music, Literature, Commerce Industry. The Durban City Hall is home to a Public Library, the Natural Science Museum and the Durban Art Gallery. The entrance along Dr Pixlsy Kaseme Street takes you to the Municipal Offices and Meeting Rooms.

3. Durban Hilton Hotel

An award-winning business hotel located next to the Durban ICC within 5 munites of the beachfront, Hilton Hotel is a 5-star property featuring 3 restaurants and a business lounge. Hilton Durban first opened in 1997 and celebrates its 20 years having transformed all 327 bedrooms into contemporary spaces. The overall design is inspired by Durban’s rich, diverse cultural heritage and captivating history with the breathtaking stretch of golden shorelines and the warmth and hospitality of its people which fulfil the needs of the modern traveller.

4. Moses Mabhida Stadium

Moses Mabhida has been voted the most popular stadium in South Africa via an online poll, hosted 7 FIFA World Cup matches (including a semi-final attended by the likes of Paris Hilton, Leonardo DiCaprio and John Travolta) in 2010.

The success of this stadium is well documented, not only via the 27 awards received to date but more importantly, in just two years the highest level of utilisation for the new stadia in South Africa can be claimed by Durban’s stadium. Named after a giant of a man, Moses Mbheki Mncane Mabhida, who was one of those who helped to forge and maintain the powerful United Front that eventually saw the creation of a democratic and non-racial South Africa.  The design allows for natural ventilation and creates an incredible sense of space every bit as striking as the famous arch inspired by the “Y shape” on the South African flag.

5. uShaka Marine World

An 18 Hectare theme park which was opened on 30 April 2004 in Durban, KwaZulu Natal is located on the strip of land between the Beachfront and the Harbour. Comprised of 8 Sections, Seaworld, Wet ‘n Wild, Sea Animal Encounters Island, Beach, Village Walk, Moyo Pier, Dangerous Creatures and Chimp and Zee. It is know known for its safe, secure, clean environment that resonates the sound of fun, laughter and the spirit of togetherness.

6. Sibaya Casino  – Umhlanga

Sibaya Casino and Entertainment Kingdom is a top holiday destination and casino in Durban, located just a few minutes’ drive away from King Shaka International Airport. Set in the green hills of KwaZulu-Natal, overlooking the Indian Ocean, Sibaya invites you in with a royal welcome.

A taste of what to look forward to when visiting Sibaya Casino and Entertainment Kingdom:

  • Luxury hotel suites and comfortable lodge rooms overlooking the swimming pools and ocean.
  • A selection of slot machines and tables for gaming in style at the main casino.
  • Durban’s top restaurants, serving the local flavour and international cuisine.
  • A variety of entertainment options from theatre, shows, movies and special events.
  • State-of-the-art conference and function facilities.
  • Personalised treatments at the in-house Mangwanani Spa.

 

As the City Slogan goes…Welcome to Durban, The warmest place to be – Which can also be translated as…Durban Rocks!

Sources:
Buildings Pier and Ocean
Durban ICC
Durban City Hall
Durban Hilton Hotel
Moses Mabhida Stadium
uShaka Marine World
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Industry Events: March 2020

Industry Events: March 2020

Event:

Africa Energy Indaba

Date:

3 to 4 March 2020

Event Location:

Cape Town International Convention Centre, South Africa

Event Description:

The Africa Energy Indaba Conference will discuss, debate and seek solutions to enable adequate energy generation across the continent. Delegates, drawn from all continents, represent an unrivalled combination of industry experts, project developers, financiers, energy users, government officials and manufacturers.

Contact Details:

Tel: +27 11 463 9184
Email: info@energyindaba.co.za

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Event:

Dubai Property Show

Date:

7 to 8 March 2020

Event Location:

The Maslow Time Square, Pretoria, South Africa

Event Description:

Dubai Property Expo is the concept which brought state of the art more than 100 projects with the flexible plan and promotional offers. The show brings some of the biggest names in property, behind some of the safest and most secure projects in Dubai. While the show is specifically aimed at making it easier for peoples to invest in Dubai, anyone who is looking to invest in Dubai should attend. The show brings some of the biggest names in property, behind some of the safest and most secure projects in Dubai. So whether you are looking to invest in commercial property or looking for something residential, this is the right place for you.

Contact Details:

Tel: +971 55 774 6715

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Event:

Water Africa & East Africa Building and Construction

Date:

11 to 13 March 2020

Event Location:

Kigali Serena Hotel, Kigali,Rwanda

Event Description:

The event will encompass an exhibition covering products and services related to the water, sanitation, building & construction sectors with a seminar programme running alongside tackling subjects which are relevant to these sectors, the Rwandan economy, its people and infrastructure. We ensure that exhibitors reach the key decision-makers from the Rwandan Ministries, contractors and consultants, engineers, architects, planners, suppliers, NGOs, investors and developers involved in both sectors. Exhibitors will be showing the latest equipment and services in the field of civil engineering construction, building for commercial and industrial use as well as social housing. Exhibitors are invited to take part in the accompanying seminar programmes, which will be run in co-ordination with the Rwandan Ministries.

Contact Details:

Tel: +44 (0)7743 686321
Email: info@ace-events.com

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Event:

Building Information Modeling Africa Conference

Date:

11 to 13 March 2020

Event Location:

Johannesburg, South Africa

Event Description:

The Building Information Modeling Conference brings the right people together to drive the digitisation of construction processes. This will increase the quality and efficiency of the African construction industry.

Contact Details:

Tel: +27 (0)21 556 9253
Email: info@millasa.co.za

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Event:

Decorex Durban

Date:

19 to 22 March 2020

Event Location:

11 Walnut Road, Durban, Durban Exhibition Centre, South Africa

Event Description:

his prestigious showcase of the latest products and trends from top designers, décor professionals and industry experts is always hotly anticipated – and the 2020 instalment will be even bigger and better than before!

Contact Details:

Tel: +27 11 549 8300
Email: decorexafrica@reedexpoafrica.co.za

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Building Relationships: One Construction Project at a Time

 

More importantly, is that everyone can build strong relationships no matter what industry you’re in or what your title may be. It’s important to build the right relationships with the right people. Strong relationships between general contractors and subcontractors are important for a successful project. These relationships don’t mature overnight, and it takes time and effort from both parties to build a level of trust that evolves into a strong working partnership.

Main contractors
When a client hires a contractor to build or renovate a property, the company is legally responsible for completing all of the required work. Main contractors are thinkers. They work with you through the entire project, from the idea phase to the finished product. By contrast, subcontractors come and go. They specialize in certain areas of the construction process, like large equipment operation, concrete formulation, plumbing, electricity and carpentry. They enter a project to do a particular task and leave when that task is finished.

Subcontractors
If you’re bidding to a general contractor for the first time this is your opportunity to make a strong first impression.
Communicate! Keep in contact with the site supervisor and project manager with updates on your progress and advise them immediately of any issues or potential delays that might impact other subcontractors on the job or the overall project timeline.
Choose the right team for the job. Make sure your workers act and perform their duties safely and professionally. Be organized. Practice good housekeeping and clean up after every workday, picking up tools and equipment and disposing of any construction waste as you go.
Show up to the job site every day with the tools, equipment, materials, and workers you need to get the day’s work done. Subcontractors may be tempted to take on a job that is outside the scope of their capabilities allowing the subcontractors a window of time at either end of the project will ensure all their work will be finished within the project time frame. Preparing for delays will prevent the project from running overtime and therefore going over budget. Following these suggestions will lower the chances for disappointment and maintain a positive relationship between you and your subcontractor. Partnerships between contractors and subcontractors are vital for any business. In fact, this relationship is beneficial to both parties involved.
A subcontractor agreement usually exists between a contractor and a subcontractor. It outlines information similar to the conditions detailed in a contractor agreement. In most instances, the contractor will be responsible for compensating the subcontractor and the subcontractor is required to complete certain tasks for the contractor. Both a contractor and subcontractor work together to complete specified duties for a company or an individual.

Vendor/Suppliers
Main contractors and subcontractors often tend to ignore one thing: supplier relationship management. Effective supplier relationship management increases profitability and drives efficiencies for businesses.
Leads 2 Business has a service called Leads 2 Quotes and Open Quotes. (www.L2B.co.za) Vendor/Suppliers receives RFQ from main /sub-contractors as a preferred vendor via email, submit your RFQ’s (request for quotes) online. Easy access to vendor/suppliers within the area of work. You will be able to view which contractors prefer your business and interact directly with you regarding your service and product offerings.
This is a professional platform to enable anyone to build a solid relationship between Contractors and Suppliers.
As much as company culture is important to your business, it should also manifest in your supplier. Values such as speed, quality, excellence, innovation, and reliability are existent in trustworthy companies and you want to be sure that the same can be said about your own suppliers

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You have payments due to subs, employees, vendors, materials suppliers, and equipment renters but you don’t get paid until the project is complete. If you want to have a solid relationship with your subbies, treat them how you would want to be treated, and pay them on time, every time
Nothing will ever run a 100% smoothly in construction at any given time. When there is a bump in the road, fingers start pointing. If you have a positive attitude and are working with subcontractors you trust; it will be easy to establish a good working relationship
Good business relationship management can lead to loyalty, which is important in terms of finding suppliers and subcontractors that can be trusted. This applies to tender bids as well as project delivery. Professionalism should be demonstrated at all times, as well as open and honest communication, efficiency and consideration when dealing with their needs and requirements

There are plenty of tools and online resources out there to help keep you and your business organized

Whether you are a “leader” or a follower, you can build a community of friends, colleagues, associates, allies, partners, and buddies around you. Together, there is no telling what you can do. Building Relationships: One Construction Project at a Time

Sources:
ProjectSmart
GenieBelt


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About Nirasha Rampersad

I started working for Leads to Business June 2017 as Support Assistance in L2Q.

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