There are three main parties involved in any construction project, the owner or client, the management team, and the contractor. When it comes to the construction of residences or businesses, a building contractor is someone with a wide range of duties and responsibilities which includes planning and coordinating construction activities and completing the project within the established time and period. In general terms a contractor is responsible for planning, leading, executing, supervising, and inspecting a building construction project. The responsibility extends from the beginning to the end of the project, regardless of the scope.
Specific roles and duties of a building contactor
The first duty of a project contractor is to create a project plan and deliver it on time. Every project has a timeline that describes all activities, along with their time distribution and planned budget. Thus schedule has a completion date that contractors must meet. Late completion of the project can be justified if the project was delayed by an external factor beyond the contactor’s control such as extreme bad weather. The activities involved in project planning include but are not limited to planning all crucial project development and implementation details, determine the construction materials and equipment and planning their procurement, Predicting possible changes and creating risks mitigation strategies, meeting any legal regulatory issues, establishing effective communication among all project participant.
The building contractor is responsible to establish a budget for the construction project, and follow it as closely as possible. The budget is usually a useful tool to track the project cost.
The project needs to be completed by the contractor on time and these involve many construction management activities such as ensuring the availability of funds to keep the project moving, purchasing materials with enough anticipation for them to reach the site when needed, purchasing or renting the construction equipment required for the project, interviewing or hiring subcontractors to complete specialized work, creating project reports to justify the intermediate payment. Building contractors also manage payroll for their own employees and sub-contractor payroll.
During the construction process, it is the responsibility of a building contractor to track the project process and manage any necessary changes. Contractors must have the project scope, time, and budget in mind when making decisions. In addition to tracking progress, contractors must prevent disruption. These involve several complementary activities such as quality control, cost-effective construction methods, ensuring a constant supply of materials, and scheduling purchases.
Health and safety issues
The contractor must guarantee health and safety in the construction site by implementing adequate procedures as rising awareness among workers. The contractor is responsible for the proper operation of equipment and preventing any accident from misuse.
During the different stages of construction, building contractors have many roles and each role comes with different responsibilities. Contractors should be capable of managing uncertainty and taking decisions on a daily basis. The track record of a contractor is also very important.