Best Practices – Standard Form Agreements – Why AIA Contracts May Not Be Right For You?

The AIA is the predominant source for standard forms, but it isn't the only source.

Best Practices – Cost Levers – How to Reduce Cost in Construction?

When we consider how to save costs in construction, we are essentially trying to avoid paying extra costs.

Industry Watch – AIA Contracts – Why You May Not Be Able to Close Your Contracts This November.

This latest 2017 edition of the AIA Contract Documents is the sixteenth edition of these documents.

Industry Watch – A Seat at the Table – Should Architects and Procurement Professionals be Relegated to an Administrative Function?

There is no degree of change that will ever replace these roles.  They are required on every job.

Best Practices – Why Your Design Build Contracts Are All Wrong!

There are only certain types of suppliers who have the training and legal obligation to look after the Owner's best interests.

Best Practices – A Lesson on How to Use Benchmarking to Develop Accurate Project Estimates.

Unit pricing tends to rise as the scale of the project reduces.

Best Practices – An Open Discussion About an Architect’s Liability. What is a Rip and Tear Clause?

Rip and Tear clauses establish the Architect's liability to pay for costs that the Owner may incur.

Case Study – A Hotel That Costs too Much!? – Architect Pays Developer For Expensive Design.

The court found that Foster failed to “identify requirements and possible constraints" and "confirm key requirements and constraints”.

Change Orders – How to Plan, Mitigate, and Minimize the impact of Changes on Your Construction Projects.

Change Orders - How to Plan, Mitigate, and Minimize the impact of Changes on Your Construction Projects.

Case Study – Standard of Care – A Lesson on how to Avoid Conflicts and Ensure Your Architect Meets Your Expectations.

The standard verbiage from the AIA is so vague and open to interpretation that it hurts both parties.

Pre-qualifying Suppliers – The Top 6 Criteria You Can Use to Pre-Qualify Your Supplier Pool.

This list of criteria should be used for pre-qualifying Contractors to participate in a solicitation.

Proprietary Specifications – An Illegal Tender for Hospital Equipment.

Proprietary specification are great anytime you want to have an established standard product and do not wish to deviate from that standard.