Humble Words August 2011

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We’re calling this the "back to school" issue of our Humble Words newsletter. But that's not only because of the time of year. It's also because we completed work at four different schools in the past year. Looking back, we realized it's a great way to highlight some of our work and to point out the many things we do to ensure a successful project.

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In the past year, Humble Construction has completed work at four different public school projects.
The kids in Huber Heights and Franklin Monroe school districts will be headed back to school soon -- thanks to Humble Construction.

Unfavorable weather conditions cost critical time early on in the Monticello - Huber Heights project, but Humble was able to assemble a team that could make up for lost time and get the job done. That's something you learn after 65 years of experience in the construction industry. "Having the best team is what lets you construct a quality product and deliver it on schedule," said Lance Humble. "It's critical on jobs like this, and it's something that we're able to do better than most other construction companies."

Public projects put different demands on a construction company. Humble Construction understands that, but we still are driven to do what's right. While respecting our role in the project, we try to aid the construction manager on issues such as how we can hold to the schedule and we point out things that just will not work the way they are defined or scheduled.

For example, we could seed grass or lay sod on the dates specified. But if we know that we're outside the prime growing season, or that we still have heavy machines working in that area, we will work hard to get everyone to understand that it will be best to move that task to a different time in the project schedule.

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Humble's Corporate Personality Comes Through.
Public projects require that we bid on and eventually build exactly what is on the plan that we are given. In a private industrial or commercial project, we assess the use of the structure and suggest new "value engineering" ideas or modifications to the initial design before we provide a price. It's part of our corporate personality. We try to carry these “Value Engineering” principles into the public projects after we are awarded the project, and save the school district funds when possible. This is the value that many of our customers find so appealing about working with Humble.

imageUnfortunately, there are very few things we can influence on public projects. "It's a very different situation than a private construction project -- even if they are similar in size and scope," said Terry Humble. "So we look for ways we can influence the project in a positive way." Often, the thing we can do to create the greatest impact on the project is to develop the best team of sub-contractors, and a team spirit across the various groups involved in the project.

But in projects this size -- the Monticello contract was around $6.8 million, another school project was contracted at about $13 million -- some things are going to get off track. Regardless of the pre-planning and volumes of plans and specifications that are created for these projects, there are simply too many details to predict everything. The key is to have the best team possible and to know how to adapt and overcome as situations develop.

"Performance is what people remember," Terry explains.

And that's exactly why they remember Humble Construction.

 

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