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Structural Construction Work

September 24th, 2022

Construction process participants

Producer (customer)
Producer (customer) is the main subject of the construction process. It manages capital (equity or checks of the) contracts with other entities of the construction process, the most organized or carried out by construction process works.
Contractor (subcontractor)
Being the construction contractor is entitled to:
- Registered companies, which the statutes provide for the construction of its activities;
- a natural person, Government in accordance with the patent count of construction works;

Management of construction works
Construction works are conducted only by certified supervisors:
Construction manager – an individual who has a higher engineering education, certification, represent the contractor or builder to comply with the building construction project from the beginning to the static
recognition of the proper use, while potentially general construction manager, is responsible for the construction of static normative quality.
Special work leader of Construction works – a natural person who is higher or advanced engineering education, certification, representing the builder or contractor (subcontractor) to comply with the building project, headed by the Trust for a special work is technically under the authority of Construction manager and is responsible for the quality of normative systems.
The general manager of Construction work – physical person having higher engineering education certified, leads the general construction, technical issues under the authority of the construction manager responsible for the construction of standard quality.

General quality requirements
Production quality – the set of properties that are under production function shows the production appropriateness of consumers, customers and other stakeholders to meet the needs

The output quality of construction products is formed in all stages of construction: target-setting; design; construction and use. Quality is influenced by both quantitative and qualitative factors. Quantitative factors (cost, building expectancy, maintenance and repair costs, return, etc.) can be accurately calculated and assessed. Qualitative factors (location of infrastructure and environmental assessment, building credibility, comfort, aesthetics, etc.) can be estimated indirectly – comparing one factor influence another, on the basis of engineering method. Qualitative indicators measured points as a percentage or ratio.
The output quality formation process involves various groups of stakeholders – builder (customer), designers, builders (installer), suppliers (manufacturers), users, public authorities and so on. Each group seeks to implement some of their needs and objectives that are different; therefore they have different approaches to the same project of construction of production quality point of view.

They Don’t Build ‘Em Like They Used to! Women Who Project Manage Their Home Construction

March 21st, 2022

It’s well known that project managing the construction of a home will save you money – and give you more decision making control. What is less widely known is that many successful project managers are women – who have no construction experience whatsoever.

My company has been selling cedar homes for 18 years. Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to work with all kinds of home buyers. Their backgrounds and experiences are as varied as the houses they build. However, I’ve noticed that the women who elect to project manage the construction of their homes share similar characteristics that uniquely qualify them for the job.

What women lack in home construction knowledge, they more than make up for in natural curiosity and organizational skills – or as some prefer to say, “multi-tasking abilities.” Anita Legaspi and her husband Ray (neither of whom had construction experience) built a 3,600 sf custom cedar home near Lake Stevens, WA about 5 years ago. At the time, Anita was a stay-at-home mom who enjoyed sewing and Ray was employed at Boeing. They realized early on that “they could get more house for their money if they did it themselves.”

Of the pair, Anita had more time available to organize the project and research their options. She realized that her experience with soliciting items for school auctions would also be helpful in obtaining subcontractor bids for their home. “I wasn’t afraid to talk to people and ask questions. I had the ability to communicate on the phone,” commented Anita.

With the help of a timeline (outlining tasks and deadlines), Anita obtained bids and contracted out: the foundation, shell construction, electrical, plumbing, roofing and deck installation. Anita, Ray and their son Christian did much of the painting and finish work themselves.

Anita admits that the time spent building the home was difficult for their family. Ray and Anita chose to live onsite by utilizing their small trailer and a camper. She remembers the initial fun of “camping,” complete with bonfires (to burn up the stumps) and hot dog roasts. However, the summer fun dissipated when wet weather set in. Ray and Anita realized that their trailer was becoming more claustrophobic than cozy – and it wasn’t very well insulated..

Looking back on their house building days, Anita offers this advice:

Decide what’s important to you. If you really want that special kitchen – go for it.
You can never go wrong with quality.
Develop a cost breakdown sheet to help you compare bids and expenses.
Big name companies don’t always offer the support you’ll need. You need to be able to communicate with a dealer, subcontractor, etc. You should feel like you can call them any time.

Nancy and Paul Davis knew that they wanted a cedar home for their mountain retreat near Cle Elum, WA. Neither Paul nor Nancy had bought property before and the whole process of developing the property and building a home was new to them.

In an effort to learn more about the process, Paul and Nancy attended a Log Home Seminar and also researched companies and products on the internet. According to Nancy, “The seminar was good for us. It brought up all the things we hadn’t thought about.”

Prior to staying home with their son Cory, Nancy had been a foundry supervisor and had also worked in a human resources department. She knew a few things about interviewing, hiring and managing people. She also knew that if she and Paul were to build the cabin themselves, “it could take years!” Their solution was to put Nancy at the helm and have her manage the construction of the cabin.

Paul and Nancy elected to undertake the finish work themselves, but hired separate subcontractors to handle the foundation, shell construction, electrical, plumbing and roofing. At one point, Nancy put together a work party with three girlfriends. Together they installed the wood flooring in the great room and kitchen. However, Nancy noted that this was done “only after we had dinner out on Friday night to discuss our approach – and of course, a great breakfast with lots of chit chat before we actually began.”

A low point for Nancy came when she was the only person onsite and “the cabinet people dumped all our kitchen cabinets right in the middle of our driveway.” It was up to Nancy to figure out how to get them all inside by herself. Nancy called for back up and said, “I had to be really assertive, which is totally out of my personality.”