I have been managing land development activities in the Phoenix Metro Area, “The Valley” for over a decade. I have managed small subdivisions, large master planned communities and major offsite development all over the valley. I have done so both as a project manager and a Vice President overseeing all land development activities. I have had the opportunity to work with just about all the primary contractors and consultants that conduct business in the homebuilder community in this market. My experience in working with DCS Contracting has been outstanding. DCS Contracting is without a doubt one of my top three contractors to work with, and for several reasons.
The most important characteristic of any organization is the relationship that they develop with their trade partners. DCS Contracting does an exceptional job at developing an outstanding relationship with their customers. I can always count on knowledgeable, clear, timely, honest and professional communication from any individual that I deal with throughout the DCS organization.
When I am evaluating bids and awarding contracts a significant component of my decision making is based on the relationship that a trade partner has with the governing agencies that they will be working with on my jobsite. I have consistently found that DCS Contracting has very good relationships with municipalities, consultants and other trade partners. These relationships are critical to the success of Ashton Woods developing our communities in a responsible and positive manner. I have had two specific communities that had very challenging scopes of work that required significant coordination efforts. DCS Contracting met the challenge and completed both of these projects with no notable delays or financial impacts. I believe that their relationship with the governing entities is the reason that these challenging tasks went so smoothly. I strongly believe that if the work had been awarded to another contractor the results would have been less desirable, not because of the ability to execute the work, but because of the ability to work with the entity in a professional manner under difficult circumstances.
DCS Contracting has the capabilities of being a single source contractor for grading, wet utilities, dry utilities, concrete improvements and paving. I have used DCS on my jobsites to execute all phases of land development with the exception of dry utilities, masonry walls and landscaping. Their quality of work and adherence to schedule and budget is exceptional. By using DCS in this capacity I have minimized exposure to change orders and reduced lost working days on the schedule due to the ability to seamlessly transition from one task to the next.
The capabilities of the project management staff for DCS Contracting allow me to effectively manage my jobsites. They have consistently shown the ability to recommend and execute on decisions that are in the best interest of Ashton Woods. When dealing with solutions to challenges that arise on a project, DCS is always flexible and willing to help provide a solution to the problem. They are extremely knowledgeable in helping Ashton Woods navigate through the issue and reach an equitable solution for all parties concerned.
I have just touched upon tangible reasons that make DCS Contracting is an outstanding trade partner. There are several other intangibles that make them a pleasure to work with.