The Contractor-Subcontractor Relationship

In the past decade, the construction industry has experienced an exodus of sorts in the construction workforce. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, between 2005 and 2015 the construction industry as a whole lost nearly 16% of its workforce. This decrease in manpower accompanied by a large increase in construction (especially in multifamily and senior housing construction), we have experienced an increase in subcontractor workload and inevitably a decrease in subcontractor availability. Subcontractors are forced to either decline work or raise costs to help manage their workload, leaving general contractors and construction managers scratching their heads. Is there a reliable solution to this ever-volatile supply and demand issue? Yes- one word- relationships. We have found repeated success in forming long-standing business relationships with subcontractors.  As we have experienced, designers often time design in a vacuum, without understanding the cost impact of their designs; however, our subcontractors do. The Douglas Company...

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