Commentary – The Master Builder – How The Role of Architects has Evolved and Where You Can Find the Modern Version of the Master Builder

The roots of the architect can be traced back to the times of the Ancient Greeks. The term architect, or arkhitekton in Greek, was the title given to the master builder who would oversee the design and construction

Industry Watch – Request For Information – How One Contractor Revealed His Unscrupulous Nature And How You Can Guard Against Similar Behaviors.

Recently, I was on a webinar hosted by the American Institute of Architects.  The discussion topic was about how to improve relationships between Architects and Contractors.   I expected a lively discussion about scope of work and maybe some dialogue about design-build versus design-bid-build.   The panelists included an Architect, a Developer, and a General…

Industry Watch – Pay-When-Paid – A Common but Illegal Term that Exists In Most Construction Contracts.

General Contractor should not rely on the Owner’s contract to define the terms and obligations between the Contractor and his subcontractors. Rather, the GC should specifically state any and all of their sub-contractor terms (including payment obligations) independently of the Owner’s obligations to the GC. The Contractor should adhere to those terms independent of what may or may not be happening between the Contractor and the Owner.

Commentary – Why 2020 Was The Worst Year and How To Give Yourself Space to Be Creative.

Despite these blessings, you may know, that this year, my drive for continuing this blog waned.  I shared how my workload was at an all-time high, but my motivation was at an all-time low.

Since that time, I would not say that things have changed very much.

We are still in a pandemic. My work load remains high. Motivation for writing this blog remains low.

ProcureCon Facilities – A Virtual Event from WBR – Dealing With Disruption, Continuing To Save, & Defining The New Normal.

Typically I try to announce speaking engagements in advance, but as you know, I’ve been a little off from my normal routines lately.

Regardless, I recently participate in a virtual event hosted by Worldwide Business Research (WBR) creators of the ProcureCon series.

The event was hosted and moderated by Ryan Kulp (Program Director for ProcureCon Facilities). The three hour event included panel discussions, presentations, and fireside chats with 9 leaders in Facilities Procurement.

The segment I participated in was a fireside chat between Ryan, myself and my friend and colleague Michael Beauregard.

Update – The CoronaVirus – Why It’s Been Several Weeks Since My Last Post and Why It May be A While Before You Hear From Me Again.

You might have noticed that I missed a few postings over the last few weeks.  My last post published 3 weeks prior to my sitting down to write this post.

Don’t worry, I have not been exposed to Corona Virus.  My lapse in activity is attributable to being too busy with work combined with a temporary lack of motivation. 

In a previous post I shared how the beginning of this year started with several hot projects.  Despite the impact of the Corona Virus, none of those projects have slowed down.  That together with a flurry of other activity has made it very difficult for me to find time to write.

Commentary – Working From Home – How Working From Home Will Become the New Normal and How You Should Set-up Your Home Office.

There is a discussion thread on the AIA Practice Management Forum which started with the question, “How is your firm ensuring efficiency in a remote working environment?”

There have been a number of replies which I would characterize as mixed.

The comments range, from expressions of gratitude for the time regained from no longer needing to endure a commute, to complaints about having to adapt to working in pdf.  Keep in mind these are Architects accustomed to reviewing large scale full size sheets.  Reviewing drawings on a computer screen (in pdf) is very different from being able to make comments and corrections directly onto a drawing.

Regardless of whether you relish working from home or dread it, working from home is here to stay.  The sooner people internalize this, the sooner they will be able to adapt.  Only then will they achieve similar or perhaps even greater levels of efficiency as compared to working from an office.

Market Watch – The CoronaVirus – What Will the New Normal Look Like For Construction? How COVID-19 Has Changed Worksites and How Changes Could Impact Cost.

In an article posted on Lexology by the law firm of Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, Brenda Radmacher a partner and construction law expert writes about the new jobsite safety measures that Companies will have to observe in light of COVID-19.

Radmacher does a great job of identifying the new norms, both on and off the jobsite, Workers will need to observe in order to avoid spreading the disease.

Some of these new norms are common widespread recommendations such as washing hands and observing social distancing, but some are very specific to construction and some are likely to impact costs and schedules.

I recommend reading Radmacher’s article, but I wanted to address a few specific recommendations.

Market Watch – The CoronaVirus – When is a Global Pandemic a Force Majeure Event?

A couple of weeks ago, I published an article discussing some of the additional costs Owners might see in the wake of the global CoronaVirus outbreak and government ordered quarantine.

In that article, I made the statement, “Contractually, this event falls under the Force Majeure clause…”

While I still believe that the COVID-19 epidemic meets the definition and the intention of a Force Majeure clause, I recently read several articles that further refine my understanding of Force Majeure and how it can be applied.

As with any article where I address legal terms, such as Force Majeure, I defer 100% to professional legal advice and recommend you contact an attorney to discuss your specific circumstances before you take any action.

That advice notwithstanding, I did want to share with you some interesting points of view.