What are the Responsibilities of a General Contractor?
When it comes to large construction builds and renovation projects, there are many moving parts involved. It takes several parties, each offering their own expertise and skills, to ensure all the right pieces come together for a construction project to be completed on time and budget. Leading the charge is the general contractor, who fulfills several roles and responsibilities to guarantee a project is successful. But what exactly is a general contractor, and what do they do? Read below to find out!
WHAT IS A GENERAL CONTRACTOR?
In construction, a general contractor is an organization (or sometimes a person) that is responsible for conceptualizing, overseeing and carrying out the work required to complete a project. General contractors manage everything from the worksites, subcontractors, vendors, materials and equipment to safety, timelines, and quality, amongst many other things.
To give you a better idea, here is a breakdown of some of the roles and responsibilities a general contractor fulfills during the course of a construction project:
Every construction project has a master schedule, which details all the required tasks needed to complete the job, project deadlines, and the planned budget. A general contractor is responsible for organizing a project plan that ensures the construction project is completed in accordance to the master schedule. To do this, the general contractor is in charge of creating and managing a construction schedule, hiring subcontractors, procuring materials and equipment, formulating risk mitigation strategies, and maintaining communication amongst all project participants.
MANAGING DAILY OPERATIONS
To ensure the construction project is completed on time, a general contractor must plan, oversee and execute the day-to-day operations at the construction site. This includes procuring the daily equipment, materials and services needed, coordinating subcontractors and consultants and managing their quality, and obtaining the required approvals and permits.
HANDLING HEALTH, SAFETY AND LEGAL ISSUES
Safety is imperative on every construction site. A general contractor is responsible for implementing preventative safety measures and training that guarantee the health and safety of all those on-site. These measures include establishing an emergency response plan, providing safety awareness to the construction team, preventing the improper use of equipment, obtaining all the necessary permits and licenses before construction, and ensuring that the construction process is following all local legislation and building codes.
MAINTAINING COMMUNICATION WITH STAKEHOLDERS
The general contractor is responsible for implementing a communication strategy that ensures all parties are kept up-to-date on the progress of the construction project on a timely basis. As the primary contact to all the project stakeholders, the general contractor provides a breakdown of completed milestones, upcoming or unexpected challenges, changes to the schedule, and budget status.
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