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The role of a construction site superintendent

Business construction projects can be huge undertakings that entail a lot of moving pieces. Once a project is in action, every aspect needs individual concentration to guarantee that nothing is missed. An experienced and professional commercial construction team can guarantee that even the negligible elements are cautiously measured. If your company is looking to expand through construction, the services of a construction site superintendent can keep your project on track and make sure that your fiscal investment in the physical growth of your business is victorious.

What is a Construction Site Superintendent?

This position embraces the responsibility of managing all stages of a commercial construction project, as well as everything from the original planning of your company’s expansion or new facility to the close of the project. The precise description of the job will differ based upon the nature of the project, the industry of the employer (in this case, you), and specific tasks usually related with a general contractor. Construction site superintendent works hard to organize and document all the daily activities of a construction project. The site superintendent makes certain that all specifications are maintained and also identifies any flawed or insufficient materials or labor. It is the site superintendent’s duty to stay in steady contact with you and address any and all problems that may crop up.

Role of a Site Superintendent

As already stated, a site superintendent takes on the accountability of general supervisor. This role includes several responsibilities, including but not restricted to the following:

  • Handle human resource functions
  • manage construction activities
  • manage cost accounting
  • harmonize activities and schedules
  • uphold jobsite safety
  • Act as the quality control planner
  • Hold the trade contractors responsible

You can think of a superintendent as the physical representation of your company on the jobsite daily. It is the role of this entity to make sure that every step during the construction process is taken with the general goals and interest of your company in mind.

Preferably, your site superintendent knows the lasting goal of the project, and handles the day-to-day occurrences that crop up in an effectual manner that keeps your project on track. It is their duty to foresee problems before they occur and work with the project team to make cost effective solutions.

Benefits of a Construction Site Superintendent

Without a site superintendent managing the progress of your commercial construction project, you face the potential for a lack of coordination in the process and a failure to meet the key objectives that are essential for the efficient, reasonably priced completion of your new facility. Looking at the role of a superintendent and that individual’s cost, as mentioned above, you will obviously see the advantage of employing a commercial contractor that use construction site superintendents.

Perhaps the greatest profit is a site superintendent’s capability to harmonize activities. As explained earlier, a construction project frequently relies upon the fragile coordination of different supplies and materials being delivered and critical functions (plumbing, electrical, etc.) being carried out at the right times.

The superintendent will be responsible for the harmonization of trade contractors, maintenance of the schedule and cost management with a frequent focus on the project budget backed by the highest of work quality standards.  From site preparation to cleanup, the superintendent will make sure effective communication between the owner, architect, suppliers and trade contractors while remaining devoted to finishing your significant project within timeline and budget parameters

For the most part experienced construction site superintendents have many years of knowledge in general construction, expertise with construction management software, and knowledge of safety standards. Personal traits such as a calm conduct, focus on processes, effective time management, and goal-oriented leadership are necessary for success.

 

Dennis Ayemba
Country/ Features Editor, Kenya

1 COMMENT

  1. I appreciate what you mentioned about working with a site superintendent that knows the lasting impact and goal of the project. Finding the right superintendent is vital when it comes to constructing an edifice in a timely manner. If I were to need such services, I would make a sincere effort to contact a construction company that is known for its reputable site superintendents.

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