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Question DetailsAsked on 6/13/2016

What is the % of time, that a CA. general contractor should be on the job site?

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Depends terribly on how much of the work he is physically doing himself, and how much is being done with his own forces versus by subs. If basically all subbed out he might be on your job 10-15% of the time (though that does count his time on phone/email with subs and suppliers and such that you don't see) - if mostly his own forces he (or his foreman) would normally be there 25-50% of the time or more. If a small outfit where he is one of the workers, more like 50-80% of the time typically.

When I say "of the time" I am talking % of the working days - a new build might work 4-6 days a week, whereas a remodel or addition you might see work going on by some trade (though normally not many at one time) more like 25-75% of the time - depending on how many other jobs he has and how thin the subs are spread. If your contract did not specify a fairly tight (though reasonable) completion date, I have seen jobs where maybe 10% of the time there was someone actually there working - usually they were off taking care of other jbos with earlier completion dates or a more demanding client. On remodels and such it is not at all uncommon for no worker to be on-site half the days of the week, and if awaiting special order items to move forward, sometimes several weeks at a time.

The question should not be how often he is there, but rather whether or not the job is progressing on schedule and with suitable workmanship. With routine work and a crew that has been with him a long time, 5-10% on-site might be a waste of his time once things get rolling. With unknown subs or a job that Murphy has been visiting a lot, 50-75% might be more what is needed to keep it rolling and on track.

A job that is going well might be visited (n person, by phone, or with subs at an informal pre-work meeting at a local coffee shop) in the morning once all the workers that will be working that day are on site, to work out any questions or kinks, then no more that day unless a problem arises that cannot be answered on the phone. IF he has a good foreman or crew chief onsite, who would normally actually be "working" so might not look like management to you but would be the go-to guy for workers with problems or questions, that would be equivalent to the GC "being on-site" because his supervisory representative is there.

In a large company, his on-site foreman or site manager would run the job, and a GC might only be physically "on-site" for a few hours a month - and with very large companies the top project management would never visit any but the largest job sites, and then only for groundbreaking or owner inspection visits, so you have to figure in as supervision of the job any of the people working for him who have supervisory capacity - site engineer, foreman, project engineer, construction manager, and possibly architect if the architect is working for him rather than you (like commonly in tract housing new builds).

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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