Chapter Corner

Newsroom & Insights: January/February 2016

Where We Have Been and Where We Are Going

To truly know an electrical contractor, you must know their story.

All of us here have been on a journey within the electrical industry. Although everyone’s journey is different, the path we travel is largely the same. We work, we learn, and we move ahead. Some of us started in a family business, others got into the business because it is what their father, grandfather, or another relative did for a living. For me, it was purely by chance that I ended up in the electrical industry.

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Don't Just Bid: Plan to Bid!

Life’s on the up at the moment…all of your electricians are fully employed and your forward pipeline of work is stretching out ahead of you further than you’ve seen for years. Things just couldn’t be better, but then a bid inquiry lands from a general contractor that you just can’t ignore. It’s a company that’s given you a lot of work in the past and you want to do more work with them in the future. You just can’t afford to upset them, so what do you do?

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Retail Center Provides Lessons for Estimators

There's a heck of a lot involved in estimating construction projects. If anyone needs a dramatic case-in-point, there's a 9-building retail center near Tucson - the Tucson Premium Outlets in Marana, Arizona - to remind everyone of what can happen.

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Lean Construction Techniques Help Define Costs for More Competitive Bidding

Many electrical contractors are finding that adopting lean construction techniques allows them to estimate costs more accurately. As a result, 40 percent of electrical contractors now consider prefabrication and modular construction a core part of their strategic initiatives, while 82 percent of contractors use building information modeling (BIM) in some form and expect their BIM use to increase by 50 percent over the next two years.

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