Every commercial building project will have various people involved. They seem to be doing similar things but their jobs are quite different, and this leads to some confusion. Example; “aren’t an architect and a builder the same thing?”. No, they’re not. Here is a breakdown on the job titles so that you know who is in charge of what on site.
A commercial builder or a firm has the resources to get the project off the blueprint and into real life. They have a network of subcontractors like electricians and plumbers on call to get the technical work and heavy lifting done. Builders do as their job title suggests and are seen both on the building site and behind a desk. They have technical knowledge about building codes, building laws as well as how to submit tenders and contracts. Commercial builders work directly with their clients and co-ordinate their sub-contractors to get the work done properly and on time.
On site, foremen are the principals of the schoolyard. They make sure that the rules are being followed on site and that the quality of work is up to standard. Foremen also work as a liaison between the seniors on the project and the trades on site. They’ll give reports to the builder or project manager or get them on the phone when the trades have a question.
Builders are more about the inside and the technical. Architects work with the outside and how the building appears. They design buildings to a brief depending on what the client wants and make design changes accordingly. They are more involved with the project during the initial planning stages and not seen on site unless called.
A structural engineer’s job is vital during the planning stage. They make sure the commercial building will stand for a long time and not collapse because of poor load-bearing. Building services engineering has several subsections. Environmental engineers make sure a project is “green” and sustainable. Electrical engineers work in the “bones” of the project, designing the electrical systems for the building.