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General Contractor (GC)
Construction glossary

What is a General Contractor (GC)?

A General Contractor (GC), often referred to as a contractor, is a person or organization responsible for the day-to-day oversight of a construction site. GCs coordinate with various skilled trades, from architects to electricians, to complete a project efficiently and effectively. They are generally the main point of contact between the client and everyone working on the construction job. The GC not only manages labor and materials, but also obtains necessary permits and schedules inspections required by local legislation. Their role is paramount as they ensure that a construction project is completed within an agreed timeline, budget, and to the client's specifications while meeting industry safety standards.