Top Qualities to Look For in a Civil Construction Company
April 20, 2015
Large capital projects in the industrial sector represent a huge financial investment by the project owners. The success or failure of the project rests largely on the shoulders of the civil construction company contracted to work on the project. Thus it is critical that the project owners hire a civil construction company that can get the job done on-schedule, within-budget, and at a level of quality and safety that meets or exceeds all industry standards. The following are several top qualities to look for when selecting a civil construction company.
A Proven Track Record
The civil construction company’s past track record is usually an excellent indicator of the company’s ability to deliver results. Look for projects that are similar in nature or scope to your project, as well as projects that may have had similar obstacles to the ones you are anticipating for your project. For example has the civil construction company worked on other projects with a tight timeline or strict budget? Do they have a record of being able to overcome weather delays or safely build facilities in difficult terrain if those are concerns for your project?
An Emphasis on Safety
Safety is one of the most important aspects of all industrial projects. Make sure that your potential civil construction company has a reputation for safety that is backed by actual low incident rates and a comprehensive safety program.
Meets and Exceeds Industry Standards
ASME (the American Society of Mechanical Engineers) sets crucial codes and standards for work on boilers and pressure vessels and also certify fabrication facilities. Meanwhile organizations like ASTM International (formerly the American Society for Testing and Materials) and ACI (The American Concrete Institute) set important standards for concrete and other materials that ensure that construction is safe and durable. The civil construction company selected for the project should meet the codes and standards set by these organizations as well as others relevant to the project.
A Skilled, Experienced Team
Naturally the skill and experience levels of the people who will be working on the project is also crucially important. The civil construction company should employ certified welders and qualified craftsmen, such as those certified by NCCER (The National Center for Construction Education and Research).
Great Project Management
Civil construction projects have complicated logistics that require meticulous project management to stay on track. If one part of the project falls behind and is not rectified it could create a domino effect that derails additional aspects of the project. The civil construction company must be able to ensure that materials and equipment arrive when they are needed, that key benchmarks are met, and that the project owners are kept informed with status updates and clear, transparent communication.
The civil construction company must also have, or have access to, top quality equipment and resources. The company should also embrace new, proven technology and systems that may improve quality or lower costs.
STI Group is proud to offer reliable, industry-leading civil construction. We have carefully cultivated a culture of safety and have a proven track record of success. Our experience in the industrial sector and our commitment to delivering superior results with outstanding value make us the natural choice for civil construction projects.