In my opinion, I think the COVID-19 illness has caused a lot of people to have been promoted too quickly at the SoFi Stadium construction site, because there are too many managerial absences. So, you have four primary components of construction: structural, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing. In the electrical and plumbing realms, bad work is easy to fix. But in the structural and mechanical realms, if you have people signing off on things, you have larger problems.
When the new Yankee Stadium was built, there were big structural problems with the concrete they had to fix later. I’m wondering if we’re going to have that level of problem with SoFi Stadium. It seems to me that you have an environment in which lots of people are rotating in and out of the work force, including managers, and that means that inexperienced people are signing off on things.
2UG: Aren’t the managerial level folks considered “non essential” and possibly working from home? If so, would they “sign off” remotely or need to be physically present?
Love it! No, they’re essential, but if one gets sick, you need to replace that one, and sometimes they get shuffled to another project. So if you run out of managers, people have to be promoted on site. The tests by the way are a joke. I’ve heard of two managers taking tests and neither one got their result back within the time of their self-quarantine.
So, if you’re one of the contractors, you need managers but these big construction firms can rotate out the quarantined who are managers to other projects that maybe don’t need that much management. But that means quick promotions. Like I say, it’s in the structural and mechanical realms that there could be problems because of this. The whole roof thing, for instance, is intensely complicated. Not the kind of stuff you want first-month managers signing off on.
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