How Covid-19 Has Changed Commercial General Contracting

Between supply chain shortages and skyrocketing prices, the past year and a half really challenged all industries to adapt. In March 2020, companies began scrambling to set up remote working and finding ways to continue to operate safely just to stay afloat. While some industries have been hit harder than others, commercial construction has remained essential. One thing we know for sure, the impact of Covid-19 will be felt for years to come. Let’s discuss some of the ways the pandemic has changed commercial general contracting. 

Remote Technology Is Here To Stay

Our family business has always been a “boots on the ground” operation, with a daily presence on job sites. This allows us to ensure things are going smoothly. However, we expect that we will see a phone or video call take preference over in-person meetings where possible. In many ways, these virtual meetings save time and money. 

Nothing Happens Without Your Supply Chain 

As veterans in all types of construction, we certainly know this isn’t new. Now more than ever, we have to work closely with our suppliers. We focused heavily on building solid relationships before the pandemic, and will continue to do so. Throughout the industry, contractors are reassessing their supply chain to minimize disruption. 

Increased Flexibility Is Key

With supply shortages and delays, contractors have been scrambling to source materials and finish jobs on time. In our 40+ years in business, we developed an extensive supplier network and local contacts to call on when needed. We are able to handle material shortages by being flexible with our sourcing and rearranging workflow to accommodate delays.

As commercial general contracting picks up in the wake of supply and labor shortages, Dunlap will continue to adapt to changing conditions. We prioritize our client’s experience by delivering quality construction services on time and on budget. While we have dealt with challenges this past year, we have remained a trusted partner by our local hospitals and businesses. We are honored by these relationships (especially when called upon during an emergency!) and look forward to serving WNC for many years to come.

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