Evolving the Trade Partner Relationship

By Michael Blakemore, Construction Executive

Construction’s current evolution sees the introduction of futuristic technologies, such as drones and augmented reality, that are radically shaping the way projects are built and delivered to clients. And yet, in other ways, the industry is stuck in the stone age. One such dinosaur is the existing template for the general contractor/trade partner dynamic, which is one of adversaries, not allies. 

There are several good reasons to evolve these relationships. The truth is, trades and contractors have a symbiotic affiliation with one another: trades can't do what they do without general contractors, and vice versa.

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