A Senior Living Developers’ Contractor

I am always amazed when construction peers of ours tell us they don’t like working for developers.  By contrast, we don’t like working for large corporations or government entities.  Even some not for profits are difficult for us.  Our peer’s reasons are as:
  • “Developers are too focused on cost”.  Cost is an essential part of any successful financial enterprise, and we look forward to being part of the solution
  • “Developers don’t care about quality or long term ownership costs”.  Quite the opposite, in our mind.  Developers own and run these facilities for a significant period of time and they want quality, durability, energy efficiency, and low maintenance.
  • “Developers don’t know what they are doing”.  Developers typically have limited staff and do 1-2 projects per year.  As such, they need the support of a company who can assist them with developmental efforts, and they appreciate what we do.
  • “Developers don’t have integrity and treat us poorly”.  Our experience is just the opposite.  Developers want someone they can rely on and have a relationship of trust with, and they operate with integrity.

We typically work only for developers.  We understand their needs, which is cost, quality, and value.  But in particular, they want someone who will control their risks, which are significant, so they can sleep at night.  They move quickly, which we like, as opposed to the bureaucracies of large corporations and government entities.

They are good people who care about relationships, will work through problems, and want results, which we deliver.  It works.

Peter Douglas, P.E.
The Douglas Company
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