01 Sep The 3 C’s of Construction
The most important aspects of running a project are the “3 C’s of Construction”:
Communication is key for a successful project. Discussions need to be held so that everyone knows the direction of the project. Everyone needs to be involved with the discussion who are pertinent to the end goal. This means it starts with the architect, owner, and construction representatives in the beginning, and then trickles down to the guys in the field; the foreman for each trade needs to be involved in daily communication to make a project successful. Those discussions need to start prior to the project beginning and happen throughout the project until its completion.
Once a plan is developed through the initial communication, the individual trades on site need to be continually coordinated in order to keep the plan and the schedule on track. When the entire team is working for a goal and everyone knows what’s going on and what to expect in the coming days, coming weeks or coming months it gives everybody a sense of ownership to the project. Therefore, constant coordination is essential to the success of projects.
Lastly, cooperation, possibly the most important element. All of the communication and coordination does not work if at the end of the day people don’t cooperate. If the people in the field don’t cooperate, you won’t be successful. That’s why I feel that communication with everyone on the site helps with the cooperation.
My job as a Project Superintendent is to make sure that everyone knows what’s going on; from the owner and their representatives right down to the guys cleaning up. That’s why the “3 C’s” are critical to any project.
Senior Project Superintendent