Laying the Foundation
In nearly every major city across America, the construction industry is in overtime to keep up with new housing demands. And construction logistics is a real issue when it comes to meeting that demand.
If, for example, supplies come in late, construction is delayed, which could mean plumbing, power, and permitting is delayed; which means project completion is postponed; which also means profits are decreased. The supply chain can be complex, but it’s fascinating, too. Just consider all that goes in to something we often take for granted: our homes.
When it comes to residential construction, there’s just so much to be considered. From foundational materials like concrete forms, rebar and tubing, to interior finishes like drywall, flooring, cabinets and shelving…it all needs to get to the job site somehow. Let’s look at a few areas where a third party logistics company, like FreightCenter, can help.
Whether for townhomes, condominiums or single-family houses, many materials go into the structure of a home. Softwood lumber has traditionally been used in house framing—studs, headers, roof trusses and floor joists, etc.—and newer materials like engineered wood or even steel bars and connectors are making an appearance in new residential construction. These load bearing materials support the building vertically, while large sheets of plywood reinforce the side-to-side structure of the home. Other supply considerations for the framing stage include stairwells, windows and roofing.
Structural materials are often long, heavy and awkward and sometimes require special shipping considerations. Seek the guidance of your friendly logistics professional when arranging shipping with your suppliers.
Natural Stone Slabs
Granite, quartz and marble countertops and tile are timeless, beautiful and durable. You know what else they are? Heavy. Difficult to transport. An investment: That’s what. Now, multiply your gorgeous, temperamental investment over X number of units or houses, and you’ve got yourself a logistical challenge.
Skilled carriers know exactly how to load, secure and ship stone slabs to ensure they won’t crack, break or get scratched. Protect your investment from the get-go: Leave the shipping to FreightCenter. The professionalism and expertise of our carriers is guaranteed.
What’s your pleasure? Red brick or native stone? Wood siding or stucco? Residential facades vary by region; sometimes, local materials are used, and sometimes they must be shipped in from across state or even national lines. But whether finishing out a residential exterior, or building stone walls or walkways, GCs need expert masons on their side.
Masonry professionals build everything from block foundation walls to fireplaces. They install stone and brick veneer, glass blocks, and granite. And they have to get those heavy bulk materials to their jobsites, safely and in tact. Although weather doesn’t affect masonry materials unless improperly stored or protected, materials should be stored high, dry and covered—including during transport. Make sure your supplier has proper procedures in place for shipping, or better yet, let FreightCenter do it for you.
If you live in an average single family home, maybe you’re thinking small scale: one home equals maybe one or two toilets, tubs and/or showers, and three or four sinks, including the kitchen.
Now, consider the fact that most new neighborhoods are built as master-planned communities, through maybe a handful of national builders at a time, with a limited selection of floor plans and exterior and interior choices. Communities are planned in bulk, if you will, because it’s more efficient and effective to build that way. And all of the sudden, you’re not buying just a few standardized toilets and tubs at a time; you’re buying thousands of fixtures for hundreds of homes. And of course, the same concept applies to apartment and condominium complexes.
Enter your trusty third party logistics company. If you’re a plumbing subcontractor with a lot on the plate, FreightCenter can ensure the best shipping options for the best price, and we’re happy to work with you or directly with your supplier. If you’re keeping count, that’s one less thing for you to worry about.
Finally, let’s look at the finishing touches and conveniences of a brand new home: appliances. Imagine the hundreds of washing machines, dryers and dishwashers that go into every new build community. In the case of rental apartments, that’s a lot of uniform items, arriving from the same manufacturer, in close succession. The logistics of that operation alone is mind-boggling; but building managers can’t rent out units—and property owners don’t make money—until the details are complete. Make sure your order arrives not only on-time, but undamaged. FreightCenter has relationships with hundreds of vetted carriers and can ensure your delivery will arrive as expected. We’ll get you up and running in no time.
One of the most appealing aspects of modern residential communities is the amenities they offer. Master planned neighborhoods and new apartment or condominium complexes frequently offer recreational options like parks, swimming pools, community centers, and hike and bike trails. And of course, the landscaping is generally pretty darn attractive, too.
Landscape architects and designers make outdoor living functional; more and more new build projects offer communal green space, where people can enjoy the natural landscape or gather at the clubhouse for barbecues with their neighbors. Landscape contractors are the people responsible for ordering and installing bulky, awkward and climate-sensitive items like sod, plants and trees, all of which require special shipping considerations (think temperature control) to arrive undamaged. Landscape contractors are also responsible for patio and retaining wall materials, gazeboes, water features…all those little touches that add up to big results. Whether for single- or attached-home communities, let FreightCenter arrange the best methods and prices for delivering such specialized cargo to your site.
Building the Supply Chain
Construction crews can build only as quickly as they receive materials. It makes sense for logistics professionals to help manage the supply chain for new residential projects. An experienced third party logistics company like FreightCenter can work in conjunction with general contractors and subcontractors to make sure materials are bundled and shipped in a way that makes sense, efficiently and economically.