Q4 2020 Summary: We continue to see delays in materials manufactured overseas due to pandemic-induced factory shutdowns. The pandemic continues to result in favorable market conditions like an increase in trade contractor bid participation.
Market conditions continue to be favorable for bidding “shovel ready” projects. As expected, we have seen a huge influx of trade contractors bidding on projects to build their backlog for 2021 and beyond. As a result of the increased competition, Owners are enjoying buyout savings, which gives them the ability to incorporate wisely-planned alternates into their projects. We predict these favorable market conditions will continue through the end of 2020, but not much longer unless another pandemic-induced shutdown occurs.
In last quarter’s advisory, we stated Owners who purchase now, plan for potential buyout savings, and prepare for possible stimulus funds will see the best cost advantages. We continue to anticipate the following cost implications stated last quarter:
The shutdowns of overseas factories due to the pandemic leave a lot of uncertainty regarding the timeline for receiving custom finish materials like tile. To account for these shortcomings, we recommend sourcing domestically produced tile and other finishes when possible to reduce the risks of schedule delays. The difference can be as much as three months.
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Vaughn Construction is a Texas-based construction company that specializes in new construction, renovations and additions to civic, healthcare, education and research facilities. The privately-held company has offices in Austin, Bryan/College Station,
Dallas/Fort Worth, El Paso, Galveston, Houston, Lubbock, San Antonio, and the Texas Medical Center (Houston).