It's 11:30 p.m. in Sebastopol, Calif. Steve Beasely, owner of Bay Cities Concrete Pumping, fires up his 42-meter concrete boom. The engine roars through the late night stillness of his equipment yard. Steve is preparing for a 660 cubic yard slab pour in Rohnert Park at a new Ashley Furniture store. Shaking off his desire to go to bed, Steve shovels some blend sand in the back of the hopper, checks his oil and fuel levels, and inspects his hydraulics and boom pipe. It's pitch black out, save for the headlights on his Schwing boom pump. He'd like to read the paper or maybe have a cup of coffee but he has to hurry; he's got two pumps scheduled and concrete coming at 1 a.m.
The general contractor usually needs many subcontractors to complete his project and it is impossible for him to be an expert in each trade.