By Tony Faccenda
The construction industry is continuing to grow and evolve. According to the 2019 Dodge Construction Outlook, total construction starts will rise to $808.3 billion, up from $806.8 billion in 2018. At the same time, it’s in the midst of increased technology adoption. Achieving this level of growth and change creates challenges, from recruiting and retaining employees to digitization and communication.
We sat down with some of the top general contractors to get their thoughts on the top challenges are facing the construction industry.
Tighter construction budgets and timelines
“At the same time, we need to cut costs and shrink our schedules. As an industry, we need to find tools that help us do that because right now construction is lagging in the tools that we have. We have all this cool technology, but it’s still humans doing the bricklaying. That’s just how the industry is, so we need to figure out where we can be more efficient in other areas to compensate for those compressed schedules and be able to do more work with less time and less money.”
– Britta Sortland Ryan, Senior Project Engineer, Ryan Companies
Technology adoption and labor shortages
– Michael Patt, Preconstruction Manager, SC Builders
“From our perspective, it’s people — finding the right people to be on your team and the subcontractors that you’re going to work with. It’s been really tough to find that and make our project teams work to get the projects complete.”
– Todd Merrill, Preconstruction Manager, SC Builders
Digitization and communication
– Tom Juntunen, Senior Cost Analyst, Truebeck Construction
“Construction projects are mass collaboration, so one big issue is always communication. There are challenges across the board to make sure that it’s open and free communication, from the subcontractors, owner, client, and architect to ourselves and the contractors.”
– Colin Skaggs, Cost Engineer, Truebeck Construction