3 Ways We Simplify the Building Process

    Remove Complexity

    Construction can be complicated. A successful project depends on the careful balancing of cost, time, and quality. Leon Williams Contractors helps simplify the building process with their proven ability to minimize complications and change orders while offering a complete range of services including pre-construction consultation, site assessments, design-build expertise, and construction management.

    Control Costs 

    Construction Can Be Expensive. As an experienced design-build firm, Leon Williams Contractors helps simplify the building process by combining skill sets to more efficiently and effectively manage costs and deadlines. We are value-engineering experts and will find the best solutions to avoid blown budgets, missed deadlines, poor quality construction, and other problems that can plague your project.

    Alleviate Stress

    Construction can be stressful. Undertaking a construction project is already stressful enough with tight deadlines, strict budgets, and hundreds of important decisions needing to be made. Leon Williams Contractors helps simplify the building process with friendly and reliable communication, regular on-site management, and the experience to get the job done right the first time.

    Through real teamwork with our clients and employees we are able to reduce project delivery time and maximize our clients investment.  Contact us to learn more about how we can “Simplify the Building Process.”

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    Testimonial-TIS Insurance Services

    “It is the privilege of TIS Insurance Services and Merchants Surety to provide surety bonds on behalf of Leon Williams Contractors, LLC.  We consider the company to be among our most valued surety accounts.  In our opinion, the company is properly equipped, capably staffed, well financed and has demonstrated outstanding performances through the years.  We are confident the company can successfully complete whatever project they choose to undertake.”

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    Testimonial–Blount County Eye Center

    “Together we built the best looking building/facility in Blount County, the new Blount County Eye Center, and we couldn’t be happier with the result! I’m so thankful for all of your hard work throughout the process. Jimmy was a master of helping us come up with concepts and plans that were feasible and within our budget. Paul, project superintendent, did a phenomenal job of keeping the job on track. No matter the time of day, you guys were there to listen and help bring this together. We dreamed it and you guys built it. Pretty amazing. Couldn’t ask to work with a better group of guys. Thank you again.”

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    Jimmy Hawkins to Take Over Leon Williams Contractors as President

    Leon Williams, owner of East Tennessee commercial construction company, promotes senior partner

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    Throughout his twelve years with Leon Williams Contractors, Jimmy Hawkins has focused on simplifying the construction process in East Tennessee.

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn., March 8, 2016 — Leon Williams, owner of Leon Williams Contractors, LLC has named senior partner Jimmy Hawkins as the company’s new president. Hawkins has been with the commercial design-build company since 2004, first as a project manager, then promoted to senior partner in 2014.

    Leon Williams, previously the owner and president of Leon Williams Contractors, has decided to take a role focused on business development. Williams has worked in partnership with Hawkins for five years and will still be active within the company.

    “Jimmy’s leadership and diligence is a large contributing factor to the consistent growth we’ve experienced in recent years,” Williams said.

    Since his start as a project manager after he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Tennessee, Hawkins has managed numerous projects for the company. He has been responsible for estimating and managing design-build projects that range from $50,000 to $2 million, including the Blount County Eye Center, multiple phases of work at Foothills Church, retail centers in Maryville and Loudon, the City of Loudon Maintenance Department, Carson Newman’s and the University of Tennessee Chattanooga’s cafeterias, and various brands of dining establishments such as Chick-fil-A, Starbucks, Subway, and Dunkin’ Donuts on the University of Tennessee’s Knoxville and Chattanooga campuses.

    Hawkins worked steadfastly with the company and its vendors and a few years later, Williams made him his senior partner. In his new role as Leon Williams Contractor’s president, Hawkins will take over operations, project management coordination, and client services.

    “Growth is inevitable when you work with an industry expert like Leon and with the skilled team I’ve had the pleasure of working with throughout the years,” said Hawkins. “I started with the company twelve years ago, and since then, I’ve had some unique opportunities such as being a project manager for the Knoxville Extreme Makeover: Home Edition renovation and partnering with local companies to build a better East Tennessee. It’s because of our dedication to our community and our craft that we’ve grown and will continue to grow as a leading construction company. We will continue to emphasize our core mission of simplifying the construction process by going above and beyond for our clients to produce high quality structures.”

    In addition to his degree in civil engineering, Hawkins was a member of Chi Epsilon—the Civil Engineering Honor Society, graduated Magna Cum Laude and received several awards from the American Society of Civil Engineers.

    “Our team and clients respect the high standards Jimmy maintains, because we know he believes in us and trusts us to provide the best quality service to our clients,” said Tim Prewitt, project manager at Leon Williams Contractors. “It’s a smart move for the company to appoint Jimmy as president since he’s already built such a rapport with us. We are proud of Jimmy and grateful to work under his leadership.”

    For more information about Leon Williams Contractors, visit www.lwcontractorstn.com.

    About Leon Williams Contractors, LLC

    An experienced commercial design-build firm, Leon Williams Contractors simplifies the building process by effectively managing costs, adhering to deadlines and reducing complications to provide a seamless building experience. With 45 years as a value-engineering expert, Leon Williams Contractors offers a complete range of services including pre-construction consultation, site assessment, design-build expertise and construction management in the greater Knoxville, Tenn. area. For more information, visit http://www.lwcontractorstn.com or call 865-982-1734.

     

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    UTK AG CAMPUS P.O.D. STORE

    Today Leon Williams Contractors, LLC starts construction on a new P.O.D. store, on the University of Tennessee at Knoxville Agriculture Campus.  P.O.D. stands for Provisions On Demand, a concept developed by Aramark Higher Education.  We have had the pleasure of being apart of several of these P.O.D. stores at UT Knoxville and UT Chattanooga for Aramark.  This will be the fifth store that LWC has completed at UT Knoxville and the seventh store overall.  LWC has also completed many other food service projects for Aramark at ETSU, Carson Newman, UTK and UTC. Check out our projects tab on our website for more information on these college/university projects.

    LWC is proud to be apart of such a great concept taking colleges and universities by storm.  We are excited to start this next P.O.D. store project and look forward to working with Aramark on many more in the future.  For more information on the P.O.D. concept visit the Aramark P.O.D. Market site, our Blog, or contact us.

     

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    Technology: How we use it?

    How has Leon Williams Contractors,LLC integrated technology?

    The use of technology is more and more becoming the norm in the construction industry. So how is LWC incorporating tech into our day to day. We are slowly integrating tech into our company through the use of DropBox, Microsoft Outlook, Wireless Weather Stations, Laptops/Tablets, and smart phones. LWC is also currently researching construction apps to make our team more efficient.

    DropBox has proved to be a useful tool. Through this program we are able to collaborate with the job site from the office by using shared project folders. Plans, budgets, scope of work, project timelines and onsite photos are all stored here and easily accessible for all parties involved. All project information in readily available in the event one of our team members need to share information with subs and or architects. We find the use of DropBox to be extremely useful in staying on point with all our projects.

    Microsoft Outlook has proven useful in keeping communication records of all correspondents between employees, subs, and clients. While we do realize it may not be the most ideal it works for us at this time. This is not to say we aren’t open to other means to keep track of all job communication. LWC is not afraid to try new things that allows us to become a more efficient commercial contractor.

    Wireless Weather Stations. Please see our previous blog post on this piece of technology and its usefulness on the the job site.

    Everyone is familiar with the ease of use of laptops, tablets, and smart phones. All our superintendents/project managers are provided a company laptop/tablet and a phone. By incorporating these into our day to day we can make sure all our employees have the technology they need to run a more efficient project. Sure there are other technologies available to the construction industry and we are currently doing our own research on what will work best for Leon Williams Contractors, LLC. We are not afraid of technology and are open to new ideas so long as it improves, not hinders, the efficiency of our clients projects.

    Once we do a little more research into the current construction apps and software available we will share our findings and personal opinions with you.

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    Wireless Weather Stations: Useful equipment on the job site?

    East TN comes with its share of weather challenges. From the inches of ice and snow we have experienced over the past few years to the wet, soggy spring and summers we have grown to know, sticking to deadlines can prove to be difficult. As a General Contractor, working under these extreme conditions, with projects located all over the East TN area, Leon Williams Contractors tries to find ways to help keep our projects on schedule and one way we have found to accomplish this is by closely monitoring weather situations on our job sites. While we have not instituted the use of wireless weather stations at all job sites, we have utilized them on more lengthy projects. From monitoring rainfall amounts, temperatures, and wind speeds we feel like overall this equipment has been a tremendous asset.

    A few ways these systems have helped LWC on the job site are as follows:

    Accurate onsite temperatures: By having onsite temperature readings, we have been able to monitor the safety of our employees from the elements. This came in handy particularly during the freezing temperatures we experienced this past winter. We also used the information gathered by our weather station to determine if the weather was conducive to pouring concrete and whether or not we would have to incorporate additional measures once the concrete was poured.

    Job site Wind Speeds: Nothing can be more dangerous than being elevated in the air, on lifts or scaffolding, with strong cross winds. By monitoring wind conditions, our superintendents can maintain the safety of our people and make calls to keep them on the ground during dangerous weather conditions.

    Onsite Rainfall Amounts: LWC has found this helpful when looking back at lost time on projects. By having this data we can determine if project delay was weather related.

    We are currently using a wireless weather station on Blount County Eye Center located in Maryville, TN. This project is nearing completion and we look forward to reviewing data upon its completion. Overall, Leon Williams Contractors would agree that the use of these systems is beneficial in the construction industry.

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    How Important Are Your Subcontractors?

    Any GC knows good relationships with subcontractors is a must if you want your business to be successful.  Since 80% of our project scope is subcontracted out, Leon Williams Contractors, LLC knows that having good subs make our company.  They are a direct reflection on our company especially since the public and client doesn’t differentiate the subs from LWC.  Ultimately we are responsible for the work the subcontractors provide.  At LWC we strive to maintain a professional relationship with our subs.  Here are a few ways we feel we go above and beyond in this area.

    1.  We do not bid shop.

    • We believe you treat others as you want to be treated.  We maintain a line of open communication will all subcontractors bidding on a job.  Once the contract has been awarded, we provide feedback letting the subs know where their numbers fell with their competitors.  In turn we welcome feedback as well.

    2.  Partnerships not dictatorships.

    • Subcontractors are viewed as partners at LWC.  We do not dictate but simply partner with each other to reach a common goal.  Fairness relating to labor, payment terms, negotiating contracts among others goes along way in this business.

    3.  Flexibility.

    • Everyone in the construction business knows that flexibility is key, especially during the recent recession years.  Many GC’s burned bridges with their subs over the past 10 years.  The recession was hard on all of us.  Some survived and some didn’t.  Unfortunately, many great subcontractors couldn’t weather the storm.  As a company we were forced out of our comfort zone and to open our eyes to new client opportunities to survive.  We formed new relationships with clients and subcontractors.  Below you will find two ways LWC used flexibility to serve our subcontractors.
    1. A recession causes hard times especially on small businesses.  It’s hard to manage the day to day without cash flow.  For our subcontractors in good standing, LWC was able to help bridge that gap by providing weekly payments for work completed.  This gave them a steady cash flow for payroll and materials and grew a relationship based on trust, honesty, and fairness.
    2. Some projects call for all hands on deck to make a completion date.  Unfortunately, circumstances arise that get you off track such as weather, equipment delay, materials delay etc.  We have partnered with subs, under contract, to enlist additional workers to supplement their crews, as a deadline approaches, and completion is critical.  Of course all parties involved come to a mutual agreement and understanding.  It’s important to LWC that this is not meant to be demeaning but rather a helping hand to reach a common goal.

    Simplifying the building process is our goal for all our clients but it also extends into our relationships with our subcontractors.  As mentioned at the beginning of this post, maintaining GC/Sub relationships in good standing is vital to the success of LWC.  At the end of the day, we all have one goal, provide the client with a finished product that meets their needs, exceeds their expectations, and forms a lasting relationship.

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