General Contractor

A General Contractor is a person or firm which contracts for projects such as the construction of a government building, hospital, or school. This contractor oversees projects from start to finish, including the selection, hiring, and payment of subcontractors (e.g. plumbers, electricians, etc.).; coordinates all the work and is responsible for payment to all subcontractors and vendors.

The General Contractor is the party that performs or supervises the construction or development of a property pursuant to the terms of a primary contract with the property owner. The General Contractor. may use its own employees to perform the work and/or the services of subcontractors when doing so is the best interest of the client.

As a general contractor, Willis Smith works with clients and property owners to manage all aspects of development and construction until the job is complete. Whether we perform the work ourselves or with subcontractors, Willis Smith is committed to work that meets the high standards of our clients, company, and community.

Since 1972, we’ve constructed some of the community’s finest structures and built a strong network of vendors and other dedicated construction professionals. As a proud member of the Gulf Coast Builders Exchange, we have strong connections with the area’s finest tradespeople. This means we can pull from among the best personnel both inside and outside our company. This sort of flexibility enables us to assemble the perfect team to get the job done right—on schedule, and on budget—every time. Our general contractors have the expertise and the flexibility to accomplish a wide range of projects under various conditions.

Our commitment to quality is clear in our work and in the awards we’ve received from organizations like the Manatee Chamber of Commerce, Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, and the Economic Development Corporation. So, for your next development or construction project, choose a general contractor with the resources, relationships, and reputation to do the job right.

 

Traditional Process

  • Pros
    • Familiar delivery methoda
    • Defined project scope
    • Single point of responsibility for construction
    • Open, aggressive bidding
  • Cons
    • No design phase assistance
    • Longer schedule duration
    • Price not established until bidding is complete
    • Lack of flexibility for change

Best Suited - New projects that are not schedule sensitive nor subject to potential change

Least Suited - Complex projects that are sequence or schedule sensitive. Projects subject to potential change.

 

Competitive Sealed Proposal

  • Pros
    • Selection flexibility
    • Defined project scope
    • Single point of responsibility for construction
  • Cons
    • No design phase assistance
    • Longer schedule duration

 

    • General Contractor Organizational Chart