58: Wood Construction with Keith Monahan, Shawnlee Construction

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Keith Monahan is the Director of Operations at Shawnlee Construction, a prominent open shop framing company in the greater Boston area. With over 130 employees, Shawnlee Construction specializes in large-scale multifamily projects and has a revenue of $40 to $50 million per year.

Summary:
Keith Monahan, the Director of Operations at Shawnlee Construction, joins the podcast to discuss the challenges and opportunities in the wood framing industry. He shares insights on the impact of site logistics, the importance of understanding project schedules, and the value of field experience in estimating and project management. Keith also highlights the career opportunities in the trades and the need for continuous learning and personal growth.

Key Takeaways:

  • Site logistics and access can be a major challenge in wood framing projects, especially in urban infill sites.
  • Cost per square foot is not a one-size-fits-all metric for wood construction, as it varies based on project complexity and architectural details.
  • Field experience is invaluable in estimating and project management, as it provides a deeper understanding of construction processes and challenges.
  • The labor shortage in the trades presents opportunities for career growth and development.
  • Continuous learning and investing in personal growth are essential for success in the construction industry.

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