The Impact of Technology on Construction
Construction can be a tough business. Contractors have to be extremely good at coordinating people, materials, budgets and problems. What makes one contractor different from another? Elias Bahar of Balfour Beatty thinks it has a lot to do with the culture of the company and personal passion. “one of our big focuses is on culture.” Says Elias. Elias believes that an aligned organization can go much further when all employees understand the big picture. This vision pushes Balfour to be different than other contactors. One example of this is the process by which Balfour is overly transparent with the construction numbers to a client. Elias believes that transparency helps them win business because they can show in detail what it will take to build the building the way the customer is requesting. This transparency has built a large group of existing customers who know and trust that the price they get from Balfour will be a very good representation of the final cost.
An organization that has alignment and understanding of the overall goal can typically accomplish great things. Elias points out how his company tries to achieve this type of thinking, “understanding the bigger picture versus just focusing in on, hey, I’m good at this one thing, or hey, I’m bad at this one thing…it is how do these all complement each other.” When employees can see what the organization as a whole is trying to accomplish, there is a better chance of everyone getting behind a particular way of doing things or philosophy. The employees at Balfour Beatty in Dallas understand this better than most.
Elias’s passion for construction is evident. “when you start thinking about if money’s not an object, what would you do? Honestly, I’d be in construction.” He has been in construction since he graduated and has plans to only continue in the industry. “I would like clients to be told the truth” is his final wish for the industry. There can be a lot of low bids and misinformation floating around in this industry, so Elias believes that passion for construction, aligned culture within the organization and focus on truth and transparency will ultimately put both he and his company ahead of the pack.
Get to Know More About Elias Bahar
Director Of Business Development | Balfour Beatty US
Elias works as a director of business acquisitions for SPG (interiors) group in both Dallas and Fort Worth. Before he becomes the Director of Business Development at Balfour Beatty, he also worked as an Assistant Project Manager at the University of Southern Mississippi from August 2009 to May 2011 and an Assistant Project Manager at Pritchard Associates, Inc. from June 2011 to July 2017 and become as Project Manager from July 2017 to September 2017.