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Prime Contractor
Construction glossary

What is a Prime Contractor?

A prime contractor, in the context of the construction industry, is the main contractor who oversees a large project. This contractor is in direct contact with the client and holds the primary responsibility for the construction, execution, quality, and completion of the project under the agreed terms and schedules. The prime contractor typically subcontracts portions of the project to specialty contractors or subcontractors while retaining overall control of the project operations. In addition, the prime contractor manages procurement of materials, labor, and equipment, ensuring compliance with building codes and regulations. As the principal point of contact, the prime contractor addresses concerns and resolves issues related to the project, contributing to the effective execution and timely delivery. The prime contractor plays a pivotal role in the construction industry, providing leadership and coordination for complex projects.