To be a General Contractor in Aspen, Colorado one must be experienced in all phases of Construction, and Construction Management. Many builders are experienced in the multiple phases of completing a custom home, but are unfamiliar with the management side of building a home.
General, or construction contractors are often known as project managers. They oversee the entire remodeling or new home construction project and facilitate all day-to-day tasks that move it toward completion. A General Building Contractor will work with your architect to review plan as you build a house and ensure everything is in place before work is started, as well as arrange for permits and necessary inspections. While good local home improvement contractors will have the skills to handle certain tasks onsite, such as carpentry, they are also responsible for hiring subcontractors for the majority of jobs, such as electrical work, painting or plumbing. In addition the General Contractor should be on site regularly to supervise and inspect the progress and resolve issues.
The General Contractor is a manager, and possibly a tradesman, employed by the client, usually on the advice of the architect, engineer, or an architectural technologist. A General Contractor must first assess the project specific documents, referred to as a bid, proposal, or tender documents. Depending on the project delivery method, the contractor considers the cost of the company’s overhead, general conditions, materials and equipment as well as the cost of labor to provide the owner with a price for the project. This cost document is typically called the Schedule of Values. It is a line item form broken into a 16 Divisions. The cost of the project will be line itemed in 16 divisions with a percentage added to the entire cost. This is known as a cost plus contract.
Contract documents include, drawings, both engineering and architectural, a project manual which includes general, supplementary and or special conditions and specifications, addendum or modifications issued prior to proposal bidding estimates for each division of work, finish schedule, and a construction schedule.
Typically the General Contractor is responsible for providing all of the materials, labor, and equipment for the project. The General Contractor will hire specialized sub-contractors to perform all or a portion of the construction work.
A General Contractors’ responsibilities typically include applying and coordinating the permit process. He would provide temporary utilities on site, managing personnel on site, providing on site surveying and engineering, disposing and recycling of construction waste, creating and monitoring schedules, managing cash flow, and maintaining accurate records.
In the State of Colorado, there are no set educational requirements to become a General Contractor. The City of Aspen and Pitkin County require a thorough understanding of the UBC (Uniform Building Code) through a standardized test. Requirements also include a license and a signed affidavit to provide General Liability Insurance. General Contractors often start out as construction workers. While gaining work experience, they learn about different aspects of construction, including carpentry, masonry, framing, and plumbing.
General Contractors typically run their own business. They hire subcontractors to complete specialized construction work, and may manage a team of plumbers, electricians, carpenters, and painters. They need to be familiar with writing sub-contracts, and scopes of work. Most of all be familiar with construction techniques so they can manage workers effectively
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