Finding the right general contractor for your project (it’s not as easy as you think)

August 25, 2017 Morgan Junia

When it comes to the success or failure of a project, general contractors (GCs) play a critical role. After all, they are responsible for providing all of the material, labor, equipment and services to get the job done – on time and within budget. With so much on the line, it’s imperative you find the right GC for your project – but how do you discern the right firm for you? From local to regional to national, there are so many GC firms to choose from. Is a bigger, national firm better or is a more personal, local firm the way to go?

The truth is there’s no easy answer to these questions. It all comes down to your project – its size, scope, location, etc. Every GC – no matter what the size – brings something different to the table. Bigger, national firms can bring big buying power while local and regional firms tend to offer a simpler process.

Working with JLL collaborators and Synergy partners across the nation, our business intelligence and strategic sourcing teams compiled a thorough comparison of local versus regional versus national GCs to help you determine the best GC your project requires. Read our report and get one step closer to finding the right GC – big or small – for you and your specific project needs.

Take a look at our report and infographic now

*JLL collaborators

Patrick Lyden, Senior Analyst Business Intelligence, Project and Development Services
Rachel Martin, Vice President, Project and Development Services
Mason Mularoni, Senior Research Analyst, Project and Development Services
Matt Patterson, Project Manager, Project and Development Services
Jaimie Ruiz, Director, Project and Development Services
John Vivino, Vice President, Project and Development Services

JLL Synergy Supplier collaborators

Evans & Son, Chad Michaud, Senior Project Manager
L&K Partners, Inc., John McCarthy-O'Hea, Partner
Gilbane Building Company, Christopher Lovely, Director, National Client Team
Swinerton Builders, Dana Jones, Vice President, Corporate Services

About the Author

Morgan Junia

Morgan Junia is a Vice President based in Chicago, IL. In this role, she supports the Project and Development Services (PDS) by providing supply chain solutions and strategies to our accounts and markets clients across the Americas. With over 2,900 Project Managers and $15B spend, her key focus is leveraging preferred and strategic supplier relationships (Synergy Program), and developing and implementing proven savings and efficiencies.

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