As a General Contractor, I love learning about the business. One day, I drove by a parking lot that had a sink hole. I looked daily at the parking lot to see if it was fixed. I looked to see if the the parking lot issue got any bigger. But the hole neither got bigger nor was it ever fixed. As the days turned into weeks, I was amazed that nobody fixed this parking lot issue. I wondered if filling the parking lot whole with concrete would solve the problem. I wondered if asphalt would do the trick for the parking lot. Here is what I found out from the general contractor that got the contract business to resolve this interesting construction parking lot event.
General Contracting Planning
I wondered why the General Contractor would leave the parking lot damaged for so long. The truth is the parking lot area was damaged deeper than I thought. The parking lot damage was no where near the area that showed the issues. It was like having a chest cold but the real issue was you were outside naked in the middle of a winter snow storm.
What happened to cause the issue was a water main burst. I had always heard of water main breaks but never seen one up close and personal. I spoke with the General Contractor and foreman on the parking lot event. The concrete section broke under the parking lot and needed to be replaced in the sections that make it stable. The business that got this contract had to do proper planning before addressing parking lot.
I was surprised about the extent of the parking lot damage inflicted needed to repair the issue. But as a licensed general contractor, I was interested in the planning of this business project. Once I saw the project was being addressed, I immediately contacted the company to get involved if only to be able to ask the business questions and get general contracting tips.
General Contracting Implementation
At the stage where I saw the process again, the area was being dug up deeply near the side of the road. I wondered if it was at all related. It was the true source of the solution that needed to address the sink whole problem which was over 50 yards away. The fact is a problem that on the surface looked as if it was 35 feet long and 5 feet deep was much broader than that.
When you consider it was a water main break it was a significant parking lot issue to address. The business’ approach was tailored for this job. The general contractor had to order this custom made material and schedule the use of the equipment at the exact same time of the implementation. What seemed like forever to me was just the planning process. The business had all the materials on hand now and staff in place to address this project properly.
General Contracting Completion
The fact remains that this process took a little longer than a day to complete. But to my surprise, the General Contractor’s completion was not the finalization of this process. In fact, business with the project simply covered the fixed water main drain with dirt almost up to the asphalt level. I then came to fully understand what was missing was the asphalt company. The asphalt part of this project is completely separate from the plumbing side of business. At the end of the day the GC doing the plumbing had completed a job well done. Now I await to see the completion of the lot with the asphalt company. Clearly they have to plan their business part of the process too.
What I learned from this process, is you must clearly understand the problem before throwing a solution at a symptom. What I also learned was the logistical planning is needed on small and large jobs just the same. The last thing learned is that a clear scope of work is needed when operating the business properly which doesn’t allow for scope create in payment. The General Contractor made certain to do their part of the process and get paid. The general contractor did no more and no less than they were paid to do. And the business was truly paid handsomely to do it. I look forward to the next parking lot project and to become even more intimately involved in the business solution.