Joseph Hahs MN

Joseph Hahs is a grateful construction worker.

The general contractor is a manager, and possibly a tradesman, employed by the client on the advice of the architect, engineer or the architectural technologist or the client him/herself if acting as the manager. A general contractor is responsible for the overall coordination of a project.[3] A general contractor must first assess the project-specific documents (referred to as bid, proposal or tender documents). In the case of renovations, a site visit is required to get a better understanding of the project. Depending on the project delivery method, the contractor will submit a fixed price proposal or bid, cost plus price or an estimate. The general contractor considers the cost of home office overhead, general conditions, materials and equipment as well as the cost of labor to provide the owner with a price for the project.

Contract documents include drawings, project manual (including general, supplementary and/or special conditions and specifications), addendum or modifications issued prior to proposal/ bidding and prepared by a design professional such as an architect. The general contractor may be the construction manager or construction manager at risk.



Discovering Northern Minnesota’s Scenic Backroad Drives

Based in St. Paul, MN, Joseph Hahs owns and operates a Cork LLC, a property management and general contracting company. Outside of his professional responsibilities, Joseph Hahs often finds time to travel and has visited countries from Italy to Mexico. One of his favorite destinations is Northern Minnesota, which features abundant lakes and forests, and a number of scenic drives, including a popular backroad route that starts in Brainerd, MN, two hours north of St. Paul.

The 225-mile drive takes in large stands of hardwoods and pines in a region considered to be the home of the mythic logging hero Paul Bunyan and his ox Babe. The towns along the route began as fishing camps and lumber mills and encompass land originally inhabited by the Ojibwa tribe. Mille Lacs Lake was home to many generations of Native American families and houses a museum that explores their culture and history. Another highlight is the 11-mile Soo Line State Trail, a paved route that runs along the former tracks of the Soo Line railroad. Mille Lacs Kathio State Park, which offers canoe and rowboat rentals, is also a popular destination.