As an project owner in the Healthcare Construction space, you will likely have a wide selection of General Contractors and Construction managers interested in bidding on your project. When operating at this level most of these construction managers will be professional outfits with solid business practices and have reasonably well developed project management skills. If they have a professional estimating department their bids will likely be close as well, or at least in the same ballpark. So with all thing being equal, how do you choose the best contractor to whom you will award your healthcare construction project.
These 3 qualifications are essential.
Some builders can view all construction projects as being cut from the same template. While misguided, this could be understandable in way, considering that all projects have certain elements in common (the need to manage the budget and schedule and deliver a project on time) but there are aspects to healthcare construction construction that are utterly unique to the market. Look for a General Contractor who has fully internalizes these differences.
As mentioned above, a firm’s direct experience in healthcare construction matters greatly but it should go without saying that the actual team to be assigned to the project is where the rubber meets the road. Be sure that the Project Executive, Project Manager and Construction Superintendent that will be working on your project have a proven track record building similar projects in the healthcare market along with the specialized experience required to deliver a successful project. A truly qualified healthcare construction manager will have no trouble providing the resumés of the team at bid time.
When evaluating a General Contractor or Construction Manager for your Healthcare construction project, be sure to tap the valuable information to be found in their past client list. Construction managers should be eager to put you in touch with clients who can give candid feedback about working with them on related Healthcare construction projects.