From the “Be on Time for Meetings” School of Hard Knocks (or in other words, College of Experience), consider the following hypothetical (maybe so, maybe not) conversation between a glass supplier and several building project team members. Before the glazing subcontractor (the glass supplier’s client), architect, and building owner arrived, the supplier and GC chatted a bit.
The second question out of the GC’s mouth was: “Now, how much extra glass do we have?” The supplier’s response was classic: “I don’t know; how much attic stock did you buy? Because that’s how much you’ll have. If you bought none, you’ll have none, at least that’s how it works where I’m from.” The GC laughed.
The glazier showed up soon after, and in front of the GC asked: “How much extra glass do we have?” The supplier glanced at the GC and smiled, then said: “I don’t know; how much attic stock did you buy? Because that’s how much you’ll have. If you bought none, you’ll have none, at least that’s how it works where I’m from.” The GC laughed harder.
Finally, the architect showed up, and in front of the GC asked, “How much extra glass do we have?” The supplier responded: “I don’t know; how much attic stock did you specify for the GC to buy? Because that’s how much you’ll have. If you bought none, you’ll have none, at least that’s how it works where I’m from.”
The GC said: “He got me and the glazier with that earlier!” and they all laughed. The answer is “I promise, you’ll have enough arrive unbroken at delivery to complete the work without having to call me in a panic saying ‘We don’t have enough to complete the job!’”
When I first read this, I wanted to know if a follow-up question was asked: “OK, so we have enough to start and possibly finish, but if any is broken on site, how long do replacement glass orders take to arrive?”
Obviously, the GC, glazier, and architect had discussed attic stock previously, but no one covered this with the glass supplier. Naturally (maybe not?) the glazier would know what he bought, or at least checked with purchasing and / or estimating to know how much they had carried in the budget. It’s easy to look beyond the GC or architect not knowing, but the glazier? At the very least, it’s one thing he would have checked with the glass supplier prior to the meeting, so he’d know the answer when asked.
Being in the framing end of things, it’s been a while since l’ve last looked at a glazing spec. I can’t remember seeing an attic stock requirement in the framing spec sections I’ve recently reviewed. But, if you’re a glazier, you probably have the response to this question down cold if you’ve familiarized yourself either with your company’s estimate, the specification, and / or your purchase order to your supplier.
I most appreciate that the supplier had pretty much the same answer each time, except for the dig at the architect about what the specs said – the question didn’t change, irrespective of who was asking it. And, there’s a beauty in the consistency of the response – a lesson for no matter when the questions are asked, whether five minutes / hours / days / weeks apart.
One also has to give kudos to the GC for not letting on about already having been asked that question. The classic lawyer’s response I would have given the second time the question was asked would have been: “asked and answered.” But, that would have taken all the fun out of it.