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.

Centralized Procurement – Was the Tragedy of the Grenfell Tower Avoidable?

At Grenfell, the panels that were used were constructed with polyurethane core panels.  These panels are permitted by code in the UK.

Modular Construction – Architects Responsible for Lag in Adoption of Pre-Fabricated Construction Techniques?

I want to reflect on all of the ways that builders could implement modular construction methods regardless of the design or the project management.

Third Party Work Breakdown Structures – Why You Need One Every Time You Solicit Construction Quotes.

One of the biggest mistakes I see people make when they solicit the COW is making up their own list of line items.

Five Simple Steps for Converting Cost Plus Rates into a Guaranteed Maximum Price.

How one Cost Plus arrangement can be converted from variable rates into a Guarantee Maximum Price.

To GMP or not to GMP that is the question?

In a recent article about pricing models, I gave a brief overview on a pricing model known as Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP). This pricing model is often used because of the provisions that protect Owner's from change orders. These provisions are often misunderstood and Owner's believe that once the price is set, it cannot be … Continue reading To GMP or not to GMP that is the question?

Should you hire an engineer directly or through an architect

In last week's article, I asserted that Architects are uniquely qualified to coordinate the various building systems of a project.  I discussed the qualifications and training that makes them better suited to this task and gave my own experience of failure when the roles were reversed. Today I want to address a growing trend I … Continue reading Should you hire an engineer directly or through an architect

Architect’s versus Engineer’s: Who leads the project?

Architects and engineers are essential members of nearly every construction project.  There are very few projects where you wont need the skill sets from both.  The division of labor between architects and engineers is a well-known and accepted concept, but have you ever considered, who leads the project? For anyone in construction, this may seem … Continue reading Architect’s versus Engineer’s: Who leads the project?

Best Practices: Open Book Bidding

Over the last few years, I have noticed an increase in the number of construction contracts using "open book" provisions.  The term "open book" describes a contract provision that allows Owners full transparency into the General Contractor's sub-contracts. It should be noted that "open book" provision are not the same as audit rights.  Audit rights … Continue reading Best Practices: Open Book Bidding