The General Contractor takes responsibility for building a project based on a design developed by an architect or engineer. A qualified and bonded General Contractor will typically complete the structure, shell, and interior components of a project with its own carpenters, masons, and laborers. Other trade work (sitework, windows, flooring, painting, roofing, HVAC, plumbing, electrical) is subcontracted and closely coordinated and managed by the General Contractor. The General Contractor, either for a competitive bid or negotiated “Lump Sum Amount,” will take all the risk of managing and coordinating the trade workers, subcontractors and material suppliers. This is done in order to complete the project as designed, for the agreed upon cost, and within a specified time frame.
On most publicly funded projects in New York State, the disciplines of HVAC, electrical, and plumbing are broken down into their own respective contracts, as required by the WICKES LAW, and placed on equal status as the General Contractor. All other work usually remains under the control of the General Contractor. The final product, the physical building referred to as the “bricks and mortar,” is a direct reflection on the quality of the general contractor’s efforts.