Unlocking Success Through Collaborative Construction

At Tri-Bay Construction, we establish dedicated teams for each project, founded on mutual trust and the conviction that supporting others’ aspirations propels us forward on our life’s path. By positively contributing to the dreams of others, we fortify ourselves for the next chapter in this journey called life.

The uncertainty of what lies ahead in life can be daunting. Navigating the path ahead and surrounding oneself with individuals who have walked in similar shoes shape our future experiences. Just when we start to think that life will become easier, we are presented with an opportunity to delve deeper and discover more about our own character.

By remaining attentive and open-minded, we attract those who can assist us through the upcoming challenges. Embracing the notion that “together” achieves more, while acknowledging that going it alone is the more challenging route, may initially seem contrary to the messages we receive daily.

Seeking insights from others and acknowledging what we don’t know has become a valuable asset in our company’s mission.
No longer does accepting others’ standards benefit us or those around us. Tri-Bay Construction is setting a new benchmark. We believe that the collective strength of our team surpasses any company claiming to have all the answers. “We” is the cornerstone of the Tri-Bay Construction experience. Let “us” be the catalyst that turns your dream into reality.

Transforming Fear into Empowering Knowledge

Over the past several months, we’ve had extensive discussions with numerous potential clients, ranging from small entrepreneurs and franchisees to existing business owners, investors, and developers. In our opinion, the most common obstacle to progress is fear. However, we believe that fear is not necessarily a negative thing. Exercising caution when embarking on an unknown journey can be an asset.
The fear of the unknown and the uncertainty of the outcome often create barriers that prevent people from moving forward.

Nowadays, the fear of project costs seems to be the most prevalent. In our experience, many individuals who wish to construct or remodel a building for their business have unrealistic expectations or limited knowledge of construction costs. Those unfamiliar with the construction industry often lack a comprehensive understanding of all the components involved in a project.

As a result of these unrealistic expectations regarding cost, time, stress, and level of involvement, significant disappointments arise. Many individuals decide not to proceed with their projects because they need to align with their desired timeline, budget, or vision.

It is crucial to address these concerns and ensure that clients have a realistic understanding of what to expect. By managing expectations and providing accurate information, we can help clients make informed decisions and achieve successful outcomes.

We can support each other in navigating the fears that come with taking risks. It’s true, construction projects pose risks for both clients and contractors, contributing to their costliness. Trust is a risk too, yet it forms the foundation of solid relationships. When we take risks, confidence and trust in ourselves and others require humility and a willingness to seek help. 

We firmly believe no one is meant to face life’s challenges alone. Taking the high ground demands courage and believing the outcome will benefit everyone involved. Treading on others’ toes and bulldozing through life may seem easier, but it’s not. Choosing the high ground, doing what is right, and being motivated by the desire to help others achieve their dreams provide opportunities for us to realize our own.

Why a Strong Work Ethic is Essential in Construction

Here at Tri-Bay Construction, we have built a team that thrives on the values of a work ethic. While some may attribute it to the generation of our employees and partners, others recognize that it is a natural characteristic ingrained within us. We continually develop and rebuild our external team as well.
Over the past decade, Tri-Bay and its support teams have refused to follow “societal norms” and thrived on standing out as a company that “does things differently.”

We own any mistakes we do make and do not make you pay for them. We correct those mistakes as soon as they are recognized. We also acknowledge and admit that we can make mistakes (humanness) and learn something new every day. 

We have found in over thirty years in the construction industry that no one knows everything there is to know. If they say they do, we thank them for their vast knowledge and move away quickly. If we are not learning, we are not listening.

As we learn, we will teach. When we need help, we ask. When we hit a wall, we seek a new path. When wrong, we admit it and seek right. We have recently observed certain societal norms that we find hard to accept, and we believe such attitudes should not be tolerated. Nor should you!

We have had to turn down projects from clients who have big dreams but do not have the financing to back those dreams. We believe in supporting those who have a dream and wish them success.

However, we will not compromise that vision for profit by leading them down a path that would eventually shatter it. We have had to invoke contractual clauses because of signatures not being honored. We have faced individuals with such massive egos that they have attributed design flaws, substandard construction, and hollow sales pitches to us.

We have waited for permits from jurisdictions for months without them considering the effects on the Owners, businesses, or tenants who are depending on those spaces to make a living.

The saddest part of the last situation is that you and I are paying the salaries of those who can change the current situation but will not.

The attitude appears to be, “What is good enough for Congress is good enough for us! If they will not get anything accomplished, neither will we.”
The sadder part of that scenario is that we seem to accept that and justify it with things like, “Well, everyone is busy” or “That’s just the way it is.”
We can lament these experiences or find the best solutions available to work through these situations and maintain a positive work environment for all our clients, regular subcontractor partners, regular design team, and other support personnel we choose to surround ourselves with.
The past is unchangeable, and the future is unknown, but the present and what I do today will affect my future. We do not pass judgment on those who might be conformists, for that is a choice, and because of where we choose to live, we have options today.
Call it old-fashioned, outdated, out of vogue, not profitable enough, or any other description you wish. Tri-Bay Construction continues to operate with a work ethic and surrounds itself with those who share those values. A strong work ethic has brought us success in business and life, forging enduring relationships with exceptional individuals and companies that we are honored to be associated with.
The reward has been and continues to be priceless. “Any job worth doing is worth doing well!”
Leader or Lemming?

Prioritizing Dedication, Responsibility,
and Integrity in Business

If we told you about a company that embodies the following characteristics and consistently delivers top-quality work, how would you describe them in just two words?
  • Dedication
  • Disciplined
  • Productive
  • Dependable
  • Responsible
  • Fosters Teamwork
  • Professional
  • Integrity
We would say that
the company has a
strong work ethic.
Do you, personally, and the company you work for fit this description?

Typically, the companies that possess these qualities employ individuals who live by these principles and surround themselves with others who have the same. Unfortunately, what is more common, it seems, are individuals and businesses that are apathetic, unprofessional, procrastinate, miss deadlines, make excuses, have negative outlooks, and do not own their errors but rather blame others. With this type of environment in the business world, day-to-day operations and activities become more challenging for businesses with solid work ethics.

It would be easy to surrender to this condition. The old “if you can’t beat them, join them” cliché rears its head. Battling this attitude is another quality of a strong work ethic. This environment fosters creativity, innovation, improved communication skills, and proactive action for many. Surrendering to apathy makes the problem worse. No matter how difficult, perseverance brings rewards.

The reward is not always immediate, and one often experiences frustration, disappointment, and delays before attaining it. Ultimately, the payoff is the retention of reputation, personal satisfaction, client satisfaction, and the discovery of new relationships with those who share that strong work ethic. Maintaining a work ethic also can identify those who are not like-minded.

It might be worth asking ourselves (and perhaps doing so regularly):
Is there value in the following?
  • Having a solid work ethic?
  • Being honest?
  • Owning your mistakes?
  • Being on time?
  • Doing what you say you will do?
  • Acting professionally?
  • Looking professional?
  • Doing things right because it is the right thing to do?
  • Maintaining quality even when no one is looking?
We believe these actions have unparalleled value for our clients and each of us individually.
Clients will receive quality work and speak positively of their experience with us (priceless). Upon completion, we will depart with a sense of accomplishment and pride in our work, assured that we credit our team members for the project without any regrets or concerns.
The next question that may arise is, “Well, how much are these things worth?” Only the individual can provide an answer to that. The reality is that maintaining these qualities in today’s environment does cost more. Does the Iron Triangle of Business, good, fast, and cheap, exist?
We think not. Many will have you believing this or at least wanting to believe it. If you buy into this philosophy, beware! Cheap always costs more eventually; good is non-negotiable (would you knowingly choose low-quality work?), and fast is relative and subjective.
For example, building permits are not fast (for several reasons; can you say government efficiency?), design is not fast (without a plan, plan to fail), and while construction can be a lot of things, high quality, and right is far more desirable than fast.

What may have become “societal norms” post-pandemic (we seem to measure all things this way), we do not have to become a lemming (“a person who follows the will of others, especially in a mass movement, and heads straight into a situation or circumstance that is dangerous, stupid, or destructive”) and surrender to these characteristics. Maintaining a strong work ethic is possible even in the face of resistance and obstacles.

When you find businesses with a good work ethic, spread the word. Which beast will you feed today, knowing the one you nourish will thrive and grow? Do you stand out from the crowd and recognize the importance of a solid work ethic, or follow the herd like a lemming?

Customer Service During Difficult Times

The global pandemic threw the world into an unprecedented tailspin, so it’s no surprise that even stalwart industries like construction weren’t immune to radical change. The world is unrecognizable from what it once was.
Volcanic shifts have rocked industries like technology, communication, hospitality, sports medicine, and construction with new challenges – never before seen! Despite this unwelcome upheaval, there’s still hope for many in the industry as we slowly begin to move beyond these turbulent times and embrace long-awaited changes and breakthroughs in the construction industry.

In the midst of a pandemic, Tri-Bay Construction had to make some tough decisions – yet we stayed true to our values. We wanted to survive this difficult time and ensure that we gave our employees the necessary support they needed during these uncertain times. After all, family is at the heart of it all!

Working from home was nothing new to us, but we wanted to do more for our clients. After careful deliberation and a bit of business risk-taking, we decided that two wrongs don’t make a right – both milking the crisis or self-righteousness was out of the question! Our resolve is firm; let’s show them what customer service can truly look like in times like these.

Rather than cut corners to win projects, we focus on building strong relationships with clients. Our bids are tailored just for you; they provide the most effective methodology and a cost that’s reliable—so no nasty surprises! By doing so, our contractors set themselves apart from others in the industry who rely solely on low-bidding tactics that can lead to budget overruns down the line.

We’ve got your back throughout the project, right down to details that aren’t even on drawings. We believe in full transparency for all our customers; nothing is hidden or glossed over. For us, it’s not just about doing a job – we take the ‘life lived for others’ ethos of scientists seriously and strive to ensure every customer gets exactly what they need!

As you start a new year, may 2023 be full of success and an even greater profit! We strive to make your construction projects successful with our unwavering support.
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