The Rainbow

It’s my 9th week at Vigilant and I’ve managed to avoid the “Have you written a blog post yet?” discussion… until now. It’s my very first blog post so bear with me.

Have you ever taken the time to look up at the sky after a rainfall and see the rainbow? That’s a rhetorical question – of course you have. As I’m sure you know, a rainbow has seven colours, and each colour is associated with its own traits and characteristics. Well, the way I see it, you can imagine the colors of the rainbow as members of a construction project.

Violet – The Client. Violet is the first inner color of the rainbow. It is surrounded by the rest of the colors and without violet, there wouldn’t be a rainbow.

They “sometimes have high expectations for themselves and others,” and rightfully so. The Client is putting their trust in someone that they probably don’t even know, to potentially complete a huge project that they want to turn out perfectly. However, we all know that “perfect” doesn’t happen in the construction industry.

They are sometimes “taken advantage of” and that’s where Vigilant comes in to help.

Indigo and Blue – Vigilant. Indigo and blue separate violet from the rest of the colors in the rainbow but still play an important role by making sure the other colors of the rainbow all fall in line after them.

 “Integrity and sincerity.” Vigilant has always been honest with their client and has never wanted to just profit from a project. Ensuring their client is happy with the results has always been their main priority.

 “Serious about responsibilities.” Vigilant manages all risks associated with a project in an effort to protect the clients’ interests and minimize any negative impacts that can arise from the execution of a project.

Green, Yellow and Orange – The Engineer and Architect. These colors form the connection between the other colors in the rainbow.

Their “mentally analytical and critical thinking” helps to ensure a project is designed to meet all technical regulations so that the project can be constructed.

They are “creative, energetic and ambitious.” A great deal of the credit for the functional capabilities and aesthetics of the end result of a project should ultimately be given to the Architect. The Engineer is responsible for ensuring that the many systems in a building work well together.

Red – The Contractor. Red is the outermost and largest color of the rainbow. Much like violet, without the color red, there wouldn’t be a rainbow.

 “Active and energetic.” The Contractor is the most physically active participant in a construction project. The Contractor gets to witness all of the little details and surprises first hand.

 “Strong willed” and not in a bad way. They are determined to complete the project as they see fit since they have a lot of hands on experience.

In summary, all of the above colors play an important role in actually forming a rainbow just like all of the members play an important role in executing a construction project.

To be totally honest, I wasn’t sure where this blog post was going to go when I got the rainbow idea, but hey, in all fairness I did choose Civil Engineering and not an English Major.

In all seriousness though, the construction industry is a remarkable field with numerous surprises to keep everyone on their toes – it’s what keeps the work so interesting and enjoyable. I’m fortunate to have gained the experience I have so far with Vigilant and I look forward to the knowledge I have left to gain over my remaining seven weeks. I also look forward to hopefully further exploring my interests in the construction industry over my remaining two work terms, wherever I may end up!

- Kerri