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The evolution of the construction superintendent

The construction site superintendent plays a key role in the completion of the "built" environment. The individual must see that all of the elements fit together at the right time and the right sequence. The superintendent exerts control over virtually all aspects of the job site's operations, such that the capabilities of the superintendent can greatly affect the outcome of the project.

Superintendents often come up through the trades and have many years of construction experience. Critical skill sets deemed necessary include people skills, understanding the work and sequencing, organizational and managerial skills, scheduling, estimating, cost control/awareness, a strong work ethic and the ability to learn from others.

However, the role of the superintendent is evolving. The technology age is forcing the construction superintendent into a new role. From the replacement of phone calls with email and using software that supports virtually all aspects of the construction process -- such as Building Information Modeling (BIM) -- the industry is now fluent in the computer age. Additionally, the superintendent is becoming a presence during the pre-construction selection process, with the resume and experience of the superintendent as critical to a client as any other proposed team member.

Construction projects are becoming more complex too, with the general contractor's use of more specialty trades. These complexities combined with today's litigious environment raise the risk and safety on the job site and the superintendent is forced with additional stress. Government and other agency-related regulations also create additional challenges for the superintendent.

Echo Pacific Construction Inc. supports the ever-changing demands on our superintendents by investing in the education and training required to successfully implement the new technology, project management and organizational demands. Safety, risk management and compliance programs are also continually monitored in efforts to support the superintendent.

"What can't be taught online or in a classroom, however, is the ability of that individual to recognize the forest by looking at the trees. To this, I praise all of the superintendents of Echo Pacific Construction. Your skills, talent and dedication combined with that of all of our team members are unparalleled," said Chris Rowe, president of Echo Pacific Construction.
Echo Pacific Construction Inc., headquartered in Escondido, constructs projects for both public and private entities throughout Southern California. Echo Pacific has received several awards: the "Excellence in Construction Award" by the San Diego Chapter of ABC in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010; the "Build San Diego Award of Merit" in 2009; the "Industry Excellence Award" nomination in 2009 and 2010; and "Contractor of the Year" award in 2007 by AGC of San Diego.

For more information contact Rachael Gonzalez, director of business development for Echo Pacific Construction, at 760-737-3003 or at Rachael@echopacific.com.

Submitted by Echo Pacific Construction Inc.

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