They do this because it allows them to complete the project on deadline while staying under budget. In a rapidly changing world, subcontractors have to adapt to the shifting dynamics of the construction industry to succeed. In the past, architects might print multiple sets of plans and distribute them to the subcontractor, but that has changed in today’s world. Instead, architects will often harness the power of a PDF file, which saves both time and money. However, this places a burden on subcontractors because they have a responsibility to print their own plans.
While you could easily outsource your printing to a reprographics company, that can become expensive when you have to do this for every job. Plus, it places control outside the contractor’s hands. Instead of doing this, you could purchase a wide format printer to print the plans on your own. This solves multiple problems, and it will also become easier to share the plans with your team, which results in better communication and less mistakes on the job.