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Providing Value Through Self-Performance


Anyone constructing a building knows that controlling the schedule and finding ways to provide value are important factors in the success of the project. Benny Byers, general superintendent for MW Builders, has found that the ability to self-perform helps his team excel in both of those aspects – which in turn creates better partnerships with clients.


Finding Best Value

Despite the ability to self-perform, Benny says that MW Builders still evaluates subcontractors in every discipline as a way to provide the best cost/value options to partners. “We find that in many cases, a subcontractor local to the city in which we are working is the best option for that project. However, in other cases, bringing in our own crew provides a significant cost savings to our clients.”   

Managing Challenging Schedules

Benny notes that in many instances, the schedule for a project is so tight that the best way to manage it is through self-performing. When a school has to be open to students by a certain date or a private developer has a grand opening that’s been publicized, controlling the schedule is beyond important. “Even if self-performing wasn’t planned at the beginning, changes in the design during construction can prove to be challenging if a subcontractor in the area isn’t readily available for that work.” Therefore, when local subcontractors are already overloaded,
MW Builders’ self-perform crews have the ability to keep the project moving as planned. 

The bottom line when evaluating the need for self-performance?

Client satisfaction.  


Inside this article

By thinking outside the box, Benny Byers, general superintendent, has helped expand MW Builders’ self-perform abilities to include: structural concrete; structural steel; selective demolition; doors, hardware, and accessories; utilities; framing; and drywall.