Bill Greene (left), architect and senior design manager at Wood Partners, and Tim Keach, CEO, TDK Construction, were panelist and moderator, respectively, at "From the Ground Up—Best Practices in Construction" at last month's Multifamily Executive Conference.
Bill Greene (left), architect and senior design manager at Wood Partners, and Tim Keach, CEO, TDK Construction, were panelist and moderator, respectively, at "From the Ground Up—Best Practices in Construction" at last month's Multifamily Executive Conference.

Getting an apartment property built has always been rife with complexity. But getting today’s developments on line is even tougher for general contractors, what with the current labor shortages and more-complex design and parking requirements.

“The complexity of jobs is causing longer durations,” said Chuck Konas, executive vice president, head of construction and property services, Post Properties, at the Multifamily Executive Conference in Las Vegas. “We’re addressing that with as much up-front thought as possible.”

DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT: From the Ground Up – Best Practices in Construction  - Chuck Konas

In an environment where both skilled and unskilled labor are extremely difficult to secure, finding efficiencies can be a huge help. Grant McCaleb, business development manager for Doster Construction, has found construction software to be a great asset in this regard.

“We use BIM [building information modeling] for logistics,” McCaleb says. “We take the BIM software, build the job, and put it into our schedule.”