Oklahoma structural engineer and contractors – 2009
Yesterday I had a great meeting with a contractor I will be working with on a development on the NE side of Oklahoma City.¬† The relationship between the contractor and structural engineer is critical to the success of a building project.
There are three types of Engineers.
- One that despises the contractor
- One that tolerates the contractor
- One that gleans from the contractor
I’m a gleaner. After 15 years of interacting with the construction trade, I am smart enough to know that I don’t know it all.¬† Textbook smarts with field expereince make for a thoroughly designed and built project. Going into a meeting with a “this is the way it is” mentality will make for a long arduous project schedule.¬† Using statements like ” have you ever considered” or “that’s a good idea but have you entertained this” facitlitate a healthy project discussion. ¬†I have quite a few contractors I can pick up the phone and call right now and get their opinions,¬† but that is because I have respect for their trade.¬† Now there are some contractors out there that were born to make an engineers life miserable.
There are three types of Contractors.
- One that despises the engineer.
- One that tolerates the engineer
- One that gleans from the engineer.
Yes the coin does have two sides.¬† A contractor that has a¬†“this is the way I have always done it” mentality is tough to deal with.¬† This leaves no room for innovation in design nor for different approaches in construction.¬†¬† A contractor that refers to the engineer shows a humility in the construction field which will overall make them a better contractor.¬†Gleaning from each others knowledge and experience¬†should supercede mere toleration of each other.¬†Gleaning should also eliminate despising¬†each other’s trade.¬† The dynamic duo of the engineer and contractor¬†can provide owners¬†with great structures if there is mutual respect for each others trade.