Construction projects are a combination of several contractors bringing their skill sets together to create a final building project. The journey through this process of a general contractor and subcontractors working together is critical when looking at the sequence of tasks each contractor performs.
In many ways, construction projects are like a football team making a play to move the ball forward to the goal line. In football, the quarterback hands the ball to the running back and the line strategically blocks the defense. In construction, the general or site superintendent must communicate a good play in the scheduling. Subcontractors need to know where their scope of work starts and finishes to move the project toward its goal. Let's look at some examples.
As a general contractor, my company built several buildings that used 16-gauge structural steel studs on the exterior walls. We would assemble and weld these walls up in panels on large steel sawhorses on the site. Every so many feet, per the plan, we would double up a stud where a steel bar joist would sit once our walls were in place. Having the setting plates, we would tack weld them to the top of the wall over each double stud as we were welding up the wall panels on the sawhorses. This saved the steel erector a step and made their job easier. It also lessened the chance of the iron worker knocking the walls out of plumb.
Construction projects are a combination of many skill sets working together as a team. Management is not only looking at the task at hand, but they are also looking at the next step, five steps down the line, and the final project. Hats off to all the talented tradespeople that work together to build America.