5 Advantages of Self-Performing General Contractors

Jersen Construction is one of the very few self-performing general contractors in Upstate NY.

What is a self-performing general contractor?  And what are the benefits to your projects?

Put simply, self-performing general contractors not only manage your construction project, they also complete parts of the project – like concrete work, framing, earthwork – with their own employees or labor force.

This can benefit your project in the following ways:

Efficiency
When you work with a self-performing contractor, you can take advantage of a more efficient schedule. How? First, you save time in the sub-contractor selection process. Since your contractor can do a portion of the work him/herself, you can get started much sooner.  Second, the contractor has a better understanding of the internal and external forces that can disrupt a schedule, and has more experience than a contractor who does not self-perform. Third, it is in the best interest of your contractor to perform your work on time and on budget. Self-performing contractors have extensive first-hand experience with materials, labor and resource management. With the built-in efficiency of a skilled labor force, the self-performing contractor can save time and money by utilizing their employees to fill in the gaps where needed should a subcontractor fall short.

Safety
Not just a construction buzz word, safety on the jobsite is the number one concern for a good contractor. When you work with a self-performing company, those safety standards come from an in-house safety manager who oversees the entire project.  These experts have continuous training specifically in construction safety.

In fact, two of the most frequent OSHA violations occur with fall protection and scaffolding issues within the construction industry.

Whether you choose to hire a self-performing contractor or not, you should always discuss the safety management procedures, processes and staffing before starting any project.

Cost Savings
With experience comes knowledge.  Because self-performing general contractors are working on sites every day, they have first-hand experience with labor, materials and schedules – giving them accurate job cost knowledge. A good contractor will work with you within your budget to get you the best results and provide alternative solutions to provide the greatest value.

Quality
One of the greatest assets to hiring a self-performing contractor is the commitment to quality. With their reputation on the line, these companies have honed their building methods and have thorough on-boarding and training for new employees. With a skilled labor force including concrete workers, carpenters, millworkers and safety engineers, these teams have worked together on successful projects and have the experience to get your job done. When self-performing, a general contractor can guarantee a high quality result that meets with your satisfaction. Because they are controlling their own labor, they can also control costs, quality and schedule.

Flexibility
With a comprehensive network of subcontractors and their own work force, self-performing general contractors offer the flexibility that other construction managers and contractors cannot offer. If a subcontractor’s number can save you money on the job, the contractor can pass those savings to you. Or perhaps the contractor can self-perform the work more efficiently with a better quality. Sometimes, a self-performer can add labor to a job to pick up where a subcontractor is falling behind. Whatever the case, you can have the best of both worlds knowing you have more options and flexibility built-in to your project.

At Jersen, we self-perform the majority of our work – passing the efficiency, knowledge, quality and cost savings to you.  Check out our list of construction projects in the Capital Region.

If you are considering building these types of projects, contact us to see how we can get your project built on time and on budget:

–          New Construction / Major Renovations

–          Core and Shell Development

–          Schools / Universities

–          Retail

–          Data Centers

–          Warehouses / Distribution Centers

–          Hospitality

–          Healthcare

–          Multi-unit