Construction in and of itself is a very change-resistant industry. People have been stacking brick on top of brick for decades and centuries, so it's hard to imagine things changing too quickly. But, it feels like there's a cyclical shift emerging.
Frank Musolino |
Musolino added: “We’re heading back to the master builder concept where for a while, one guy could build his own house from start to finish; he’d lay the foundation, he’d build the walls, he’d put everything in it. From there, it went to an assembly line process during the industrial revolution where everyone had their place.”
I feel like the pendulum is swinging back now due in large part to the convergence of technology, assemblies and modularization, and everything coming together— you need someone who can put it all together.
Frank Musolino |
Supporting Musolino’s technology convergence point, VP, Misha Zeltser, added: “The technology of buildings and construction started to get more complex, leading us to see a divergent and siloed approach.”
With today’s communication and information sharing technology, it allows those complexities to converge because we can so easily share information. We can freely communicate at a speed that allows us to become that master builder again.
Misha Zeltser |
A master builder concept was born out of a need for simplicity, but was broken up by complexity. Its return brings relevance to Power Design’s approach of providing closely related scopes such as mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and systems all under one roof.
“I mean, the Empire State Building was built by a master builder,” Musolino concluded. “That was in 1931, so we’re due for another hundred-year cycle here. Our role is to embrace that and start doing it on our own so that once the industry gets there, we’ll be ahead of it.”
Keep reading more of our Unified Project Delivery Series in Part 2!