New Construction Trends 2021

New Construction Trends 2021

New Construction Trends 2021

New Construction Trends 2021In 2020, the global pandemic of COVID-19 triggered unparalleled devastation. For the construction industry, patterns such as increasing teleworking, social distance requirements, resource changes, supply chain splits, and cash flow disruption are evolving at all levels. Still, against all odds, certain patterns will persist, if a little bit has changed. Today on the blog, our commercial builders share the 10 developments in the construction industry that we can see on the horizon for 2021.

Security and Safety

Security is always a problem, but it is at the top of the list in the Covid-19 setting. Adjustments to minimize the spread of disease would concentrate on the separation of staff and improved equipment and cleanliness procedures.

Separation is especially difficult to accomplish on a job site where collaboration and coordination are the norm. This is why our Sacramento general contractors advise to anticipate fewer crews to use staggered shifts to keep workers less crowded.

Enhanced procedures will include the expected things, such as masks and hand sanitizers, as well as construction-specific things. Thus, the passing of equipment and the exchanging of gloves and hard hats would be minimized. 

Live Materials

One of the most exciting building developments to be witnessed is the production of living materials. These compounds are literally developing themselves and are poised to move from experiments to full-scale production in the near future. 

The most promising biological materials are made of bacteria and fungi. This makes them light, heavy, and oddly portable.

Self-Mending Concrete refers to concrete saturated with bacteria that bind materials around them to a new structural material. This material will expand in the pores of concrete, contributing to its impermeability. It can also expand into holes and cracks, filling and fixing them – all on its own. The bacteria are also being produced as a building material for themselves and have already been grown in functional shapes and sizes.

Finally, there’s Mycelium Composites. These products are the work of the fungi instead of the bacteria. Mycelium is a large network of fungi living underground, whose flowers are mushrooms. Our Sacramento commercial construction company explains that the largest living organism on Earth is the Honey Fungus in Oregon. Scientists have harvested this resilient creature, growing it into all kinds of materials by feeding it to farm waste.

Remote Technologies

“Remote” is something that guarantees that a job can be done remotely will expand quickly. This refers both to construction tasks and administrative tasks.

Almost no industrial work site is without drones right now. Construction is the fastest-growing commercial drone adoption, according to DroneDeploy, a drone survey and mapping app. Through looking at the project from above, contractors can find useful details. Health problems are easily detected, the quantity of materials on site can be accurately measured, and orthomosaic maps can be produced. This renders the largest work site visible as a whole. Additionally, substantial financial savings are also possible. Security information can minimize insurance claims, accurate inventory evaluation and progress can lead to more timely information on Payment Requests and can help to make the required manpower changes and schedules to prevent delays.

Technology in the office significantly enhances the flow of knowledge. Our neighbors at Specialized AV, Whole Home Automation Sacramento company, agrees. They too are now utilizing blockchain technology, a method of user-verified, real-time input of an infinite number of data points, from transactions to payments, to completion of tasks and revision of schedules.

This technology is becoming easier to use and is being increasingly applied in large-scale employment, with even smaller jobs being made inroads.

3D Printing 

No technology decreases the density of employees on the job site like 3D printing. In the field, it is basically a large nozzle, methodically laying concrete in vertical piles according to a programmed pattern.

This method is already in commercial use all over the world and is expected to expand rapidly. Recently, a 3D home building company raised $35m after printing an entire neighborhood in Mexico City.

It’s the same operation in the factory on a smaller scale. Typically, the process is used to produce small parts of larger assemblies made of plastic. While injection molding is likely never to be replaced for mass production, 3D printing makes the manufacture of custom parts affordable.

Modular Construction Work

Modular design and pre-fab building, which was already steadily on the rise, were expected to see a massive boost in interest in the post-pandemic period. Both the production process and the result are perfectly adapted to the times.

Manufactured buildings are now being designed in a way that encourages low worker density. Manufacturing is done in large, airy houses, with plenty of space for distancing. And the equipment used—ceiling cranes, conveyors and lifts—is specifically designed to allow fewer employees to move larger components, minimizing worker proximity and labor costs.

When manufactured, these buildings are usually small, restricted to the capacity of trucks to transport them. As a consequence, they are ideal for a world where separation is required.

Disruptions in Work

The job of the construction industry is related to one thing: money. And capital does not like confusion. The current climate makes it difficult to fund projects, especially large ones.

Overall, the AIA expects expenditure on non-residential buildings to decrease in 2021 and the fall may be drastic. As government debt rises at all levels, investment on infrastructure projects will almost certainly be postponed. And the downturn has already started in the private manufacturing sector.

Disputes on Payment

It is inevitable that when liquidity becomes tight and circumstances become confusing, the flow of money becomes a matter of concern. We already know that bankruptcies are on the rise, and we can only expect this trend to escalate, with construction firms and building owners meeting this fate.

However with payment being disrupted, we can expect some fairly exotic maneuvering by contractors and owners in the bond sector, including the sale of claims. Levelset has also begun providing cash up front on bond or bond claims to vendors who have protected their payment rights.

New Construction Trends in 2021

As you can see, the pandemic helped new construction trends come to life that we will see in 2021. If you need help with a commercial construction project in NorCal, contact Headwaters Construction, Inc.

Efficiency Goals for Your Construction Projects

Efficiency Goals for Your Construction Projects

Efficiency Goals for Your Construction Projects

Efficiency Goals for Your Construction ProjectsIf you work in or own a Sacramento commercial construction company, then you know that working towards operational efficiency ensures that your company can deliver completed projects in a cost-effective way without reducing quality. However, have you ever set specific efficiency goals for your construction projects?

All ground-up projects have one operational efficiency goal: to finish up a project within budget and on time. Because the range of construction projects is wide, there are various ways to realize operational efficiency. Our team of commercial builders recommends driving the operational efficiency objectives of your construction project into smaller categories. Examples of this include customer satisfaction, labor productivity, safety, and communication. We believe that this increases the probability of success on your project. This will motivate your crew to achieve the larger operational efficiency objectives you’ve set.

To do this, you have to first analyze your operations in detail then establish a standard. You should look into:

  1. How long it takes project managers to obtain data from the field. Is there a time lag?
  2. If you had any injuries occurring on your site. If you did, what were the causes?
  3. How long it takes to process time cards to payroll from employee entry.

This will help you determine the areas you need to improve in and what operational efficiency objectives you will set for your commercial construction company. Here are a few operational efficiency objectives you can look into to enable you to achieve overall operational improvements.

  • Eliminating the communication barrier

When establishing efficiency goals for your construction projects, we recommend communication. Establishing an open line of communication between the office team and the field team will improve operational efficiency. Every day, the field team collects reports on the site that may contain important information. Having reliable communication between the two teams bridges the gap and allows easy access to the information. Our neighbors over at Gilmore Heating, Air, and Plumbing, Plumbing contractor Sacramento, explain that eliminating the communication barrier works the best for their team, who is partly in office and on the field.

To improve communication for both sides, ensure that a complete report is submitted before workers leave your site. The daily report should at the minimum include 2 photos of the Sacramento Jobsite. One at the start and one at the end of the day. This information should then be uploaded to a cloud-based management system, which allows the project manager to view it and proceed as they see fit.   

Any information collected from the field, be it delays, drawing questions or site issues, allows the project manager to start documentation processes at once. This improves the time it would take to register, communicate, and sort out any issues. Having instant communication of issues or site activities allows the team to work together to resolve any issues and continue with the ground up or Sacramento tilt-up construction project without wasting time.

  • Encourage safe behaviors on site

If you’re in the ground-up construction industry, then you know that it’s a risky profession. Sites are dangerous and having a missing work due to an injury only slows the progress of a project. While it’s unrealistic to strive to have no injuries on-site, setting attainable goals with regard to safety is achievable. The goals you set may be PPE compliance-related or safety hazard-related. 

  • Improvement of labor productivity

Enhancing labor productivity will bring about higher profitability on commercial building remodeling projects. When creating a proposal, the cost is usually based on the estimated labor hours required to complete the project. The lesser hours used to get the job done, the more profit subcontractors can pocket. However, if a project ends up using more hours than had been estimated, factoring in that workers still need to be paid upon project completion, a subcontractor may end up incurring losses.

To ensure this does not happen, one can track employee hours according to tasks and through different project phases. This will help discover what tasks take a longer time to finish and if there are workers who are performing at a higher level than others. Tracking productivity through a labor delivery system and integrated time allows Sacramento construction teams to meet their operational efficiency objectives. 

  • Client satisfaction

For many strip mall construction firms, a big portion of their business encircles repeat business. Subcontracting companies that are successful and provide high-quality work enables them to work again with past customers and grow their business opportunities through referrals. 

It is said that a 5% growth in customer retention can grow a company’s profitability by 75%, as its return customers will buy more over time. If you would like to know your firm’s customer satisfaction, below are 2 questions you may find informative.

  • On a scale of 1-10, how likely is it that you’d recommend our firm to a colleague or friend? (quantitative view)
  • Please tell us why you gave our firm that score (score mentioned above, provides a qualitative view)

In addition, you can employ an NPS (Net Promoter Score) to measure your consumer base’s loyalty. This score is based on comparing a firm’s promoters and detractors with a score between 25-33 being average. Instead of comparing your tilt-up construction company in Sacramento to other firms, tracking your NPS over time has proven to be more beneficial. Additionally, the feedback provided by your consumers helps determine the steps your firm needs to take to improve your NPS score. They will also provide insights on how to better deliver ground-up projects.  

Commercial Construction Sacramento

Now, all that’s left is implementing the objectives. First, we recommend setting efficiency objectives. Then, our builders suggest tracking activities using a ground-up construction project management software. We at Headwaters Construction Inc. pride ourselves on providing high-quality construction services at an efficient and affordable rate. Contact us today for all your commercial construction needs.