If construction loan interest on large projects amounts to hundreds of dollars per day…then the construction office trailer should not be something to be economized…but should be seen for what it is…a combat command center.
Instead of looking at the office trailer, furniture, and equipment as overhead costs to be automatically economized…the field office should be looked at as a tool to speed up the construction operation.
The size of the construction trailer is critical for function as a command center…but some builders think that two or three people can work effectively out of an 8×12 or 8×16 foot trailer.
Try placing the company president, the office receptionist, and an accounts payable accountant within one small room at the corporate office…and see how long that lasts.
A few years ago, I worked as a superintendent on a 282-unit, 22-building condominium project. The size of our construction office trailer was 12×60 feet, with three offices and a plans room. Having previously worked out of the typical 8×12 and 8×16 foot trailers on other projects for other companies, the luxury of having enough wall space to hang schedules and pickup lists, along with being able to work in a separate office…without having random interruptions and attempting to tune-out background conversations as a result of being in a confined space…was a huge benefit toward improved efficiency, time management, and morale.