Elgin-based company can handle all aspects of construction
749 Kirkland Circle
Elgin, S.C. 29046
When a business needs a new office, store or restaurant, or it needs to renovate an existing structure, it puts the project out to bid to General Contractors.
The bidders assemble teams of subcontractors, each of whom has offered the lowest bid. The business then selects the lowest overall bid among the Contractors. The selected Contractor will be working with subs over whom they have limited control and whose workmanship and availability they cannot guarantee. The General Contractor may be working with a different set of sub-contractors on each job they perform.
Is that any way to ensure quality, on-time performance and sustainability?
Why not seek a GC that employs licensed experts who are able to ensure long-lasting quality, control over their schedules and their quality of work? One who can respond to changes quickly, rather than wait for a subcontractor to become available?
That is the approach of Sacon LLC, the Elgin based commercial construction with a unique outlook on the business of building.
Sacon staff are multi-skilled craftsman who are cross-trained to handle multiple elements of the building process, says Doug Hunt, owner and president of the company. Several even hold licenses in various trades. For example, one is a licensed plumber who is also a certified structural steel welder and site work equipment operator. Sacon also has a Project Manager who is a licensed plumber and certified DHEC backflow prevention tester.
All divisions are cross-trained to work on multiple aspects of each project, so there is always someone on site to handle any challenge that comes up. Sacon is licensed for General Construction, Plumbing, Electrical and HVAC, allowing it to self-perform 90-100% of the work on each project. Sacon ensures that the work is done on-time, on-budget and to the highest specifications.
Hunt coordinated many subcontractors simultaneously in the early years of his career working for other builders. “I found myself begging for forgiveness from customers and not completing projects on time because we were at the mercy of the sub-contractors,” he said. “The work was lower quality and we still had massive punch lists at the end. I did not want to repeat that business structure because it was not effectively or efficiently serving the customers.”
He emerged from that experience, and from his tenure with a large commercial outfit in Charleston, convinced that constant and continuing education along with skill development was imperative for all employed at Sacon. With a multi-trained team of people who can pivot easily from one aspect of the job to another, Sacon has more control of the project’s schedule, the quality of the work, and is able react quickly to construction challenges and client changes.
“Any challenges that arise during construction can be solved quickly because the same team is working on every project,” says Hunt. “Due to our unique structure completing a project on time or in a potentially shorter period of time is more attainable without dependency on a sub-contractors schedule.”
Sacon was profiled in the 2021 Columbia Regional Business Report Book of Experts.