The Construction Symphony in B/C (Building Code)

By Jeff Wolf

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Conducting is the art of directing a musical performance by way of visible gestures. The primary duties of the conductor are to unify performers, set the tempo, execute clear preparations and beats, and to listen critically and shape the sound of the ensemble.
Conductors act as guides to the orchestras and/or choirs they conduct. They choose the works to be performed and study their scores to which they may make certain adjustments, work out their interpretation, and relay their ideas to the performers. They may also attend to such organizational matters such as scheduling rehearsals.” -Wikipedia

If you have ever seen a symphony, either live or on TV, you have probably noticed a group of musicians facing the stage and the conductor. The conductor stands at the front of the stage facing the musicians.
The conductor is responsible for making sure that all the various sections of the orchestra are following the sheet music, playing with the proper tempo, and at the proper volume relative to each other. He makes sure that the brass section does not overpower the woodwinds and that the strings come in on time. A good conductor follows the sheet music while placing his interpretation on the music.
It would be rather odd and would result in a completely different experience if the conductor showed up before the musicians started playing, told them what to do and then walked out, leaving them on their own. The same is true if he or she came in for a minute or two on each page of music to see if everyone was still playing.

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A construction project is similar to a symphony. There is sheet music - - plans from an architect. There are musicians - - trade contractors, site contractors, masons, carpenters, plumbers, air conditioning technicians, electricians etc. There are more players than in a symphony and, equally important, those players must come in at the proper time and with the proper material to obtain a cohesive result.
Perhaps because of the level of work we do, I have never been able to figure out how to run projects with part time or no supervision. The “music” is every bit as complicated but the musicians are left to guess for themselves if they are playing correctly.
When you are comparing costs on a new building or remodeling project, remember that in the end you, as homeowner, will have to face the music. Yes, the cost of supervision may add to the project budget. However, when weighed against the cost of lost time, incorrect or faulty materials, or other construction defects that frequently occur on un- or under-supervised projects, you’ll come out ahead of the game if you demand full-time supervision on your project.

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