How Does The Construction Industry Work?

At Schneider Critical, we are often the subcontractor to the Mechanical Contractor and we can also have subcontractors under us.

Did you know that it takes many organizations working together to complete a construction project? If you’re interested in learning more about the construction industry and how building a construction project works, continue reading for a quick look at this beginner’s guide.


The client decides something should be built and therefore starts the whole construction project. They may be a property development company, a local authority, a private business or just an individual. The client is the one who decides what is being built, the timeframe in which it should be completed, and how much the project should cost.


Next, the client hires consultants who will advise on aspects of the design, cost, and regulations for the project. The client can employ several consultancies or one consultancy (a management consultancy firm) to advise on everything throughout the construction project. Common consultant organizations can be architecture practices, cost consultancy employers, or civil, structural, mechanical and electrical engineering employers. One consultant organization should oversee the project on the client’s behalf.

The consultants then work on the design phase, as architects design the project, civil engineers check over the plan to ensure the technical details are correct, and quantity surveyors figure out how much the design will cost.


After the design phase is complete, contractors bid for the work and a construction contractor is chosen to start the project. Contractors have the responsibility of making sure the project is built with the agreed quality, budget, and timeframe in mind. They follow the design instructions set by the design consultancy, who have the responsibility of answering any design-related problems.

A contracting company can be one self-employed individual, or a large corporation with supervisors, project managers, and an office staff. The size of a business is often based off of the building development where the contractor company is located. At Critical Systems, we focus on projects in the Baltimore, Northern Virginia, and Washington D.C. areas, and have a large team of office and field associates. Our workers have expertise in design, building, and managing building automation and security systems, which allows us to meet the diverse building energy needs of all of our clients. Whether we are working directly with an owner or their general contractor, mechanical contractor, developer, or consultant, at Critical Systems, we keep their needs first and in line with the rigorous standards of the construction industry.


Last on the list are subcontractors, who assist contractors with their specialized skills or knowledge. They are not always used, but it the contractor needs help with a certain skill, such as plumbing and electrical work or work on the foundations, a subcontractor from a specialist organization is called in to help onsite.


At Critical Systems, the people come first, from our employees to our customers. We strive to attract and develop the best talent in the business. Our goal is to deliver innovative solutions for the purpose of making every building secure, efficient, and effectively managed.

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