The local construction market is very dynamic and it is dealing with many challenges, the most critical being the shortage of specialist workforce. BR sat down with Razvan Parvulescu, Business Development Coordinator at BTDConstruct & Ambient, to find out how the company did in 2021 and gain insight into its plans for this year.
By Anda Sebesi
BTDConstruct & Ambient, a Romanian construction company founded back in 2013, saw intense business activity last year, when it continued construction for several projects started in the previous year, but also focused on winning new contracts in the residential sector.
“Even though last year was still marked by the pandemic, I can certainly say that overall, it was a good year. Businesswise, the industry experienced a remarkable recovery, and personally I was pleased that we have been able to hold physical meetings again. The business atmosphere was occasionally dynamic; we attended MIPIM [the world’s leading real estate event] in September last year, together with a joint delegation of various companies operating in the Romanian construction industry,” says Razvan Parvulescu.
BTDConstruct & Ambient specialises in offering integrated services, from architectural projects to superior engineering, project management, and complex digital systems. The company’s core mission is driven by a simple concept: details make the biggest difference.
Confirming its high-quality work, the company last year ranked 18th in the Top 100 General Contractors in Construction (an independent ranking published annually by IBC Focus). “We were also nominated for Best Constructor of the Year at the 2021 CIJ Awards Gala Romania,” says Parvulescu. As human resources are crucial for the success of any business, the BTD Group of Companies (with
BTDConstruct & Ambient at its core) has a team of professionals which is constantly growing, having now reached approximately 200 specialists in fields such as Project Management, Construction Works Management, and Business Support.
Digitalization has also
been a top priority for
BTDConstruct & Ambient over the past two years, as representatives believe it will bring considerable benefits to the company over the long term. “Our employees are already using a dedicated system: the 5D BIM Modelling programme. In terms of a timeline, we expect BTDConstruct & Ambient to be a fully digitalized company by the end of the third trimester of 2022,” Parvulescu notes. In terms of financial performance, he says that based on the company’s current projects and plans to increase and diversify its portfolio, it is expected to reach a new financial milestone in 2022 in terms of turnover, especially since last year’s turnover maintained an upward trend, exceeding EUR 61 million.
Asked about the biggest challenges of last year, Parvulescu says that having an adequate workforce that includes specialists, craftsmen, and skilled construction workers remains a challenge for the company, as it is for other players in the industry as well. “In fact, the lack of labour force, at all levels of specialisation, is considered to be the biggest problem facing the industry in Romania.” He adds that the social and economic uncertainty was another difficult part of 2021. “At the beginning of last year, this was my main concern. But once vaccination became available, I was able to see things more clearly and plan my actions more accurately.”
Parvulescu says that BTD sees the Romanian construction market as being dynamic and ever-developing. “We’re seeing a technological revolution on the horizon, as a result of the more intense pollution, on the one hand, and of the insufficient labour force on the other. Green buildings and sustainable projects are starting to dominate the conversation, and we are strongly supporting the move towards resource efficiency.”
Razvan Parvulescu’s 3 business lessons of 2021
- It is crucial to have a contingency plan for your business.
- Professionals in all sectors are now acknowledging the importance of digitalization.
- Digitalization must be further accelerated to get everyone prepared for future challenges