“Stucco, painters, siders and framers — they are all charging the markup. With Trekker as suppliers, you’ll pay for one scaffold without the markup,” said Turner.
Safety considerations made the proposal even more sensible. Because each erection and dismount increases the risk of safety incidents, a single assembly and disassembly reduces the likelihood of an accident many times over when compared to multiple builds.
It was an offer too good to turn down. Turner bid the entire buildout in 200-foot sections, 10 in total, with 16 workers to build each section and each section scheduled for 10 days. All in all, he estimated it would take 100 days to wrap the entire building.
But a few days later, he learned there was a catch. The general contractor liked the cost savings and risk reduction, but required an accelerated schedule. They’d only accept the proposal if the entire building could be done in 45 days’ time — a head-spinning turnaround for a building of this size and scope.
Turner assured him Trekker could get the job done. Then he hung up the phone and called his supplier representative, Obed Bosch of Layher. “If I send you a material list, how fast … ” Turner started.
“Send me a list,” Bosch interjected.