Have a Plan! Pre-Construction Planning Taught as Key to Success at PHCC Foremen Workshop

July 28, 2021
By Staff Writer, PHCC Educational Foundation

Have a Plan! Pre-Construction Planning Taught as Key to Success at PHCC Foremen Workshop

Sponsored by A. O. Smith University, A. O. Smith and Kohler Company

  “Every dollar we spend on pre-construction planning will return $4 to $6 in additional profit.” That simple statement from instructor Kirk Alter at the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors—National Association (PHCC) Educational Foundation’s recent Super Foremen Workshop opened a larger discussion with the attendees about the role they should play at their company.

“Too often, whichever foreman is available today is the one assigned to the project that is starting up tomorrow. They are handed a pile of documents to review and expected to get crews working immediately without knowing a thing about what they are building. That’s crazy!” exclaimed Alter. “Instead, let’s pull in the best foreman with experience on that project type to talk with the estimator and project manager in the weeks before boots hit the ground. Together they can determine the most efficient and profitable plan and have the crews working at top productivity from day one.”

The workshop was held July 22 and 23 and hosted by A. O. Smith University (AOSU) from their training facility and broadcast studio in Ashland City, Tennessee. Purdue University Professor Emeritus Kirk Alter led the program over Zoom, with the AOSU studio allowing him to move as he would in a physical classroom, teaching from slides or hitting the whiteboard to show the attendees how the numbers add up.

  1. O. Smith University supported the program through the use of their studio, and A. O. Smith and Kohler Company also generously sponsored classes, reducing the registration fee for attendees. “Hosting this class is an example of the type of commitment to training and education we have,” said Jerry Winslett, Senior Technical Trainer at A.O. Smith. “Our mission is to provide contractors with the resources they need to grow their business, increase their profits and strengthen their marketplace presence.”

Additional foremen and project management training programs from the PHCC Educational Foundation are scheduled for 2022. Visit https://phccfoundation.org/essentials for more information and to register.

About PHCC Educational Foundation
The PHCC Educational Foundation, a partnership of contractors, manufacturers, and wholesalers, was founded in 1987 to serve the plumbing-heating-cooling industry by preparing contractors and their employees to meet the challenges of a constantly changing marketplace. Information on the Foundation’s training and educational programs can be found at https://phccfoundation.org.



The PHCC Educational Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit established in December 1986 by PHCC members with the goal of helping their fellow contractors be more successful through education and professional training. These contractors believed and still believe that by helping their friends and their competitors, the whole profession benefits.

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