Residential Design

VOL.5 2018

A business-to-business magazine focused on the collaborative process and talented work of residential architects and custom homebuilders.

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cause he thinks checks and balances in the client/architect/builder relationship are critical to the success of the project. "It really works best as a triangle," he explains. "I don't think design/build is in the best interest of the client. The cli- ent is leaning on us to keep the architect from pushing things financially, and it's our job to protect the client from getting off track from the budget. Ultimately, it's their project." Knees Shoulders Data With a steady workforce of longtime employees, Goldberg General Contract- ing is facing many of the same problems as other established builders—an aging pool of talent and a dwindling flow of new workers willing and able to do the hands-on work. "We're starting to see knee issues and shoulder issues," he says. But his biggest problem currently is the deluge of data. A typical big project supports a senior project manager (Jake or Jeff), a site manager, and a lead carpenter. That used to be the sweet spot of leadership on a residential project. But, increas- "So we've focused on collaboration, making the architects' experience enjoy- able to them, and making them feel like we're in their camp." The builders don't lose track, how- ever, of their role as client advocates and stewards of the budget. In fact, Jake is not a fan of design/build delivery be- ingly, this team is stretched thin by the volume of "paperwork" generated by the company's complex jobs. "If I could afford it, I'd have a second project manager full time on a computer in a jobsite trailer, just handling all the data we have to deal with." Some of the folks with aching joints get reassigned to "using their brains more than their bodies" —as lead carpenters, for instance, laying out the work and directing other carpenters and trades. This can free up the site manager to handle more of the com- puter and other administrative tasks. But it's a continuing conundrum for the company about how to strike the perfect balance between skilled manual labor and sophisticated managerial talent. Jake's not even sure those two strengths coexist in one human, even though that's exactly who he needs on the team. Designed by dSPACE Studio, GGC's renovation of Skylight House added a third level, new window open- ings, custom walnut cabinetry, and a steel-and-glass stair, among other improvements. Below: GGC and architect Seth Romig converted this 1886 three-flat townhouse into a commodious single-family home. Photos: Tony Soluri Photography Photo: Tony Soluri Photography 30 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM VOL. 5, 2018 PRO-FILE BUILD

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