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The Owner’s Advocate – Qualities to Look for in a General Contractor

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At Encore Construction, we believe that restaurant owners, both corporate and independent, are looking for their general contractor to be their partner. Restaurant construction is a complex process that requires both artistry and acute problem-solving skills. The ability of a general contractor to work with stakeholders as a team and their ability to resolve challenges are a couple things we recommend owners keep in mind when choosing a general contractor.

Work Together

A great general contractor needs to:
• Work well with all stakeholders, including the owner, architect, subs, inspectors, etc.
• Be an advocate for the owner, looking out for the best interests of the project.
• Consistently keep track of the many moving and unique pieces of the project.

Resolve Challenges

Project teams face a variety of day-to-day challenges that need to be addressed and resolved during the construction process. These challenges can include matters involving engineers, landlords, permit expeditors, fees, bonds, insurance, inspectors, numerous sub-contractors, material vendors, etc.  Here are some examples of matters that may arise:

  • Discovery of an unforeseen condition.
  • An unanticipated requirement from a landlord.
  • An unanticipated requirement from an inspector.
  • Owner-requested design changes.
  • Unavailable materials that require substitutions.

Any combination of the above can wreak havoc on a project and keep an owner up at night with worry. But in the hands of an experienced restaurant contractor, these common problems can be addressed quickly and effectively, minimizing the impact on cost and schedule. So while the initial bid and schedule are certainly important in selecting a general contractor, equal weight should be given to the general contractor’s ability to resolve challenges that inevitably arise, while always being your advocate and keeping your best interests at heart.  

Call Encore Construction

As a premier commercial general contractor, Encore Construction is proud to provide interior and exterior services in Baltimore, Maryland and beyond. We have an impeccable track record, an impressive portfolio, and an experienced team that is ready to tackle your next big project. Our results speak for themselves, and we’re proud of the work we continue to produce for our clients.

We have offices in Annapolis, MD and Ocean City, MD and we are happy to serve the Washington, DC, Baltimore, Northern, VA, Eastern Shore, MD and surrounding areas. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, G+, and LinkedIn for news and updates! Do you want to discuss your project with a member of our team? Visit our website, and call us at (410) 573-5050. We look forward to hearing from you!

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