Missouri’s construction industry took a hit during the pandemic, but as projects gear up again, builders are doing their best to play catch-up. Exploring more efficient management strategies and new technology can help things get back on schedule. Try looking into these different methods to speed up construction.
“Hurry up and wait” is a familiar theme in construction, and many of Missouri’s general contractors estimate that it will take months to get back to pre-pandemic business standards. There aren’t many upsides to postponed or canceled projects, but it does give builders a little more time to map out their schedules. Delays will happen, so any time you can save up front will mitigate the damage. Look for ways to cut down on wait times on upcoming builds and reassess the things that slowed you down in the past.
If you prefer to do things the way you’ve always done them, you’re missing out on new software that can save you much of the hassle. It’s worth it if only to eliminate paperwork. It’s convenient, often more accurate, and always faster. You can streamline processes from beginning to end, including:
- Bid management
- Invoicing and billing
- Job scheduling
Trends in sustainable building have benefits that go beyond saving the environment. Every industry is discovering new uses for 3D printing, which only uses the necessary materials, resulting in less waste on-site. But 3D printing has proven faster, too. Various companies have completed homes and municipal buildings in 48 hours, using fewer workers and just one printer on a crane. On another front, prefabricated components are another method to speed up construction. When the parts are produced in a factory ahead of time, all crews need to do is assemble them on-site like puzzle pieces. The more precise elements fit together more securely and solidly, so a crew can erect the structure in under three days.
An industry slowdown is tough to swallow, but it’s an opportunity to improve the way you build. Faster completion means happier clients, and then contractors will have time to take on more jobs. Taking a breather to strategize how you do business is a win-win situation.