As a city, Seattle is known for many wonderful things, including coffee, Amazon and rain (if you’re into that kind of thing). But recently, Seattle is becoming well known for something a bit more surprising: construction.
The Seattle construction market has been booming for the last few years. Transformed by the influx of technology, engineering and research firms, it’s estimated that an average of 60 people are moving to the Emerald City daily. In fact, it currently has the most cranes of all cities in the U.S., hovering right around 60. For context, Los Angeles has the second most cranes in the U.S. at 44.
Nevertheless, with growth, comes challenges. Today, more so than ever, Seattle construction companies need to operate efficiently and embrace the tech-forward mindset that has ignited this growth in the first place.
So, how do Seattle based building companies excel in the new normal? Here are 4 ways.
1. Learn from the Industry’s Finest
For construction companies, attending industry events is among one of the best ways to gain insight into regional trends. It’s a chance to talk to other construction professionals and experience the latest innovations driving industry change.
Are you looking for an upcoming event to attend? On July 18-20, BILT NA 2019 is coming to Seattle. The event brings together construction professionals, thought leaders and innovators, both in Seattle and across the country, to see and learn about the leading tools and strategies needed for the industry’s future. In addition to snagging a seat at some engaging sessions and keynotes, don’t forget to take a lap around the show floor while you’re there. It’s the best way to experience the leading innovations entering the AEC industry including new machine learning platforms to identify risks like Autodesk’s BIM 360 Construction IQ (booth #43) and the future of BIM in the field like PlanGrid BIM (booth #46).
Want to know what the show is all about? Check out last year’s highlight video from St. Louis:
2. Stay Ahead of Project Delivery Trends
Design-bid-build (DBB) is the most common project delivery method in construction, but it’s losing popularity. Instead, new delivery methods like design-build (DB) and integrated project delivery (IPD) are gaining traction for their ability to improve the speed of construction and reduce costs.
For construction companies in Seattle, it’s imperative to stay ahead of the latest trends in project delivery to keep up with the city’s building boom. Alternative delivery methods can improve project collaboration and enhance overall efficiency. To learn more about the latest trends in project delivery, check out our guide: The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Best Project Delivery Method.
Technology is critical to making new and more collaborative project delivery methods a success. On July 24, PlanGrid will be stopping by jobsites in the city with swag and surprises, in addition to offering custom product demos. Want PlanGrid to come to your jobsite so you and your team can see the future of project delivery technology? Give us a shoutout on social media, and we could be making a stop on your site!
3. Pursue Advanced Training Options
Part of the beauty of construction is that there is always more to learn. A career in the building industry provides an opportunity for lifelong learning. There are always new skills to acquire, advanced certifications to obtain and emerging technology to master. For Seattle construction companies, it’s critical to embrace new avenues for learning for your teams to grow.
4. Get on Board with the Latest Technology
Seattle’s construction boom isn’t fading anytime soon.
Construction companies that embrace new technologies will be able to competitively meet rising market demands while maintaining high-quality standards.
Has your team’s embraced the latest technological tools? Essential technologies for high performing construction teams include cloud-based collaboration tools, BIM and automation tools to reduce the burden of manual and administrative work.
Are you looking to get a leg up on the new construction technology on the horizon? Download this ebook: Tomorrow’s Construction Technology.
Attention Seattle Construction Companies!
On July 17-24, PlanGrid will be live in Seattle traveling around the cities for special events and activities for construction professionals. Want to join and see where we’ll be? Follow us on social media: