Randy Sundberg, project manager at Schlecht Construction, recently attended two seminars taught by nationally-renowned construction consultant Jack Miller. The seminars took place in Denver, Colorado, on August 14-15 and August 18-19.
“Jack Miller backs up his ideas with research, he knows what he’s talking about, and he’s got a great track record,” Sundberg said. “When he talks, you listen.”
Miller’s training sessions have been attended by more than 50,000 construction professionals. He is also the author of Rules You Should Know Before You Build Your Important Project and The Important Steps That Take You to Health, Wealth & Happiness.
“The first seminar was on marketing and sales,” Sundberg said. “It got me thinking about the best ways to let people know about the services Schlecht Construction has to offer.”
Sundberg said the Design/Build construction information presented in the second session was especially valuable. “We do quite a bit of Design/Build work in both Cowlitz and Clark counties, and the seminar helped me understand the process better.”
Design/Build construction is increasing in popularity. The traditional Design/Bid/Build approach requires the builder to send each part of the project – framing, electrical, plumbing, etc. – out for bid. The client is then responsible for monitoring the progress and performance of each subcontractor.
Design/Build leaves the bidding, project coordination, and quality control to the general contractor. The result is improved efficiency, reducing costs by up to 40 percent and shortening project duration by up to 33 percent.
“The trend is definitely moving toward Design/Build,” Sundberg said. “I believe it will continue to do so.”
Today’s uncertain economic times have made potential builders very cautious. Sundberg noted that it is essential for those in the construction industry to stay current about the best ways to serve their clients.
“Trust is very important at a time like this,” he said. “Schlecht has been in the business for more than 40 years and has a great track record of serving clients.” He pointed to ongoing communication, excellent problem-solving skills, and a focus on customer satisfaction as the company’s strengths.
“Eighty percent of the work we do at Schlecht comes from repeat business or referrals,” Sundberg said. “That only happens when you treat people right.”
Schlecht Construction is a general contractor with offices in Kelso and Vancouver. Additional information is available online at www.schlecht.com or by calling 360.636.0150.