In our latest blog post we talked about some of the new construction happening right now in Grand Junction, CO. If you haven’t read that article and you’re interested in seeing the ways that new construction is coming up in Grand Junction, that post is for you. The many new businesses moving into the Grand Valley are making big waves, and it’s affecting all of us (we think for the positive). We also talked about Western Constructors’ design/ build concept very briefly. It’s one of the biggest differentiators between us and other construction companies and general contractors in Grand Junction, CO (and really, across the U.S.). We care very deeply about the clients we work with. When we moved the majority of our construction projects back to Western Colorado, we came here to stay. Our construction projects now affect the place we live, and our intentionality with creating lasting change has become imperative.
We Have National General Contracting Experience
Of course, we’ve always given our clients our very best work. We’re headed construction projects across the country. It’s another one of the advantages Western Constructors has over other general contractors in Grand Junction. We have a national level of experience. In every one of our projects we’ve performed, we’ve always approached our work with the highest level of care. But over time, our experience in many parts of the country, working on projects from many perspectives, we’ve gained the ability to mentor clients through their construction projects. That’s where our design/ build concept comes in. We help clients design their projects from the very beginning stages. We are able to help them navigate the often-complex world of commercial construction with our mentorship process.
How Projects With Other Companies Are Often Handled
With many other construction companies, clients come with architectural designs which they want built. Those designs have been checked by engineers, perhaps looked over by the city, and approved from many angels. The construction company then takes the designs and builds the project. It’s a seemingly simple approach to commercial construction that surprisingly, often results in the project taking much longer than originally anticipated.
The problem is that oftentimes, architects aren’t one hundred percent clued in to their clients’ budgets and other practical resource constraints. When brought the architectural plans, construction companies are forced to bring their clients’ attention to the actual cost of building. If the client wasn’t very careful with ensuring the plans fit into their budget ahead of time (which is often not in their area of expertise to do), they must go back to the architect and re-do their designs. It’s a major pain that the process of commercial construction is already hard enough without. It results in a back-and-forth between architect, engineers, and general contractors that could easily have been avoided.
Western Constructors’ Approach
We much prefer to meet with our clients from the very earliest conceptual stages of their project’s design. Before they even meet with their architect or engineer, we want to know what their overall goals are. We want to know how their building should look, what feel it should bring to their customers and employees. What materials are on their wish-list, and their non-negotiables. We want to know the overall image they want to portray, and what this project means to them. Then, we want to know the details of how they want their building to be laid out. It’s a top-down approach that is often (surprisingly) contrary to the typical timeline in commercial construction.
In those early conversations we’re often forced (as many other construction companies are) to instill a little realism. We all have the habit of wanting it all when it comes to the things we care about most. Without the kind of advice that we can bring our clients, they often find that their dreams cost more than what is practical for them to build. We help our clients combine the aspects of building their business’ new location while keeping their feet on the ground with their budget and other constraints.
Long-Term, Varied Perspective
We also help our client look at their project from multiple angels. This is where mentorship comes into the project. Because we’ve built companies, commercial buildings, residential homes, multi-family units, and live-work communities all over the country, we’ve gained a wide perspective on additional topics that our clients often find very useful. Sometimes our clients like to know about things like:
- Handling projects from a landlord’s perspective.
- Working with city governments.
- Knowledge of both the design and construction processes.
- Working with architects and engineers.
- Planning space within city zones.
- Getting permits.
We also have very close relationships with the important voices in Grand Junction, CO, and can expedite construction projects. We’re part of several planning and decision-making committees in Grand Junction, and we have a voice as to what sorts of projects get pushed through for our city’s future. We take pride in offering the companies and clients we work with a host of benefits outside of the relatively narrow area of construction. We view ourselves as general contractor/ mentors. Education is a huge piece of the value we bring to our clients.
And we believe that’s how it should be. There are many great construction companies and general contractors. Anyone can construct a building. But not everyone has decades of experience in all aspects of design, construction, and post-construction, such as we do at Western Constructors.
Simplifying The Process
Our clients often tell us that we make the construction process simpler.
- Our design/ build concept cuts down on wasted time.
- Our high levels of interaction and frequent meetings with clients help them stay focused on their overall goal.
- We keep people from getting stuck in the minutiae of their project.
- We build commercial buildings in a fair and expedient fashion.
- We help our clients evaluate every step of the construction process to ensure maximum levels of return.
- We are the experts that make that process doable.
Building a commercial project is not cheap and should not be approached lightly. From the time we begin working with clients until the construction project is complete, our team of experts are with you.
*This post was written by Third Loft Marketing.