Monday, May 9, 2011

Jose Aranzazu
Fin 180

The Developer’s Team

When a building project is getting it final touches, us humans say to ourselves, how were they able to create something so nice and beautiful. The developer’s team is created by three different professionals who are Architects, Engineers, and Contractors. Each of these professionals contributes a lot to each project they are developing. It is really important that each professional involved needs to work together with the rest of the team in order to have fewer issues in the project.

First we can talk about the architect; the Architect is the person who designs the building or whatever the project is. Architects are sometime stuck in between because their work might be artistic or business. If the architect is involved in the predesign phase he can contribute to physical limitation of the site, land use, and other restrictions and demands (Hansz). Once the final design is completed the architect can manage the bidding process, which is when they are bidding for projects that they want to work on. He can also work on the construction process, but he needs to be ready when big issues come up. The architects and the engineers need to work really close in order too find major issues that will lead to major problems and correct them.

The engineer is the other professional that is part of the developer’s team. The engineer is really important in the designing process because they can see if the building is safe for the people occupying it. The group of engineers that work closely with the architect are soil engineers, civil engineers, structural engineers, mechanical engineers, and electrical engineers. Each one has a different role is the building process. For example the soil engineer examines the ground and takes sample of the dirt where the building is going to built. He needs to make sure that the ground is strong enough to support the load of the building. The civil engineer focuses on the construction of the project, the cost of the project and also the lifetime of the project. They also need to follow government regulations and see if there are any potential environment hazards like earthquakes and hurricanes (engineers). The structural engineers focus on the framing of the building. He is making sure the building is being design correctly and the framing will not collapse. Mechanical engineers are in charge of all the elevators, HVAC system or anything that is mechanical. They need to make sure all of these components are working properly and correctly. Electrical engineers focus on the electrical wiring of the building or anything that requires power to operate. This needs to be done correctly because it can lead to danger if anything fails. We can see that there are a lot of engineers involved in putting a project together. The other professional is the contractor who puts the building together.

Contractors are the people who actually bring some thing from paper and make it into reality. They are the ones who do the building part of the project. Contractors are specialize in various components which subcontractors do the actual building of the building and general contractor’s mange the project and transform a concept of space from paper into physical reality (hansz). The developer usually hires the general contractor. He can also choose a general contractor by a bidding process. They usually submit their bid stating that the project will cost this much for them to build it. Then the general contractor can sub out different components of the project to different contractors if he wins the bid for that project, he can sub out certain parts of the work to subcontractors.

Now that we have a better understanding on how the developers team work, people can now get an understanding of the building process from start to finish. Every professional involved in any project needs to work with other professionals who are involved in the same project so that everything gets done safely and correctly. This is why it is really important for all the professionals to get involved really early because it help limit errors and major issues that can pop out anytime.

Diaz, Julian III and J. Andrew Hanz. Real Estate Analysis Environments and Activities. Iowa, 2010. Print.


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