Proprietary specification are great anytime you want to have an established standard product and do not wish to deviate from that standard.
At Grenfell, the panels that were used were constructed with polyurethane core panels. These panels are permitted by code in the UK.
I want to reflect on all of the ways that builders could implement modular construction methods regardless of the design or the project management.
One of the biggest mistakes I see people make when they solicit the COW is making up their own list of line items.
Throughout my procurement career, I have found many parallels between the process of architecture and the process of procurement.
How one Cost Plus arrangement can be converted from variable rates into a Guarantee Maximum Price.
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?
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
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?
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
As part of this multi-part series on the most common construction permits, this entry addresses the 6 considerations of work permits. Click here to read the first part where I explain the 6 considerations in detail. Click here to read the second part where I review zoning applications. Click here to read the third part where I … Continue reading When do You Need a Permit? (Part 4) Work Permits
As part of a multi-part series about the most common types of permits this entry addresses the 6 considerations of plan approvals. Click here to read the first part where I explain the 6 considerations in detail. Click here to read the second part where I review zoning applications. In the news on March 21, … Continue reading When do You Need a Permit? (Part 3) Plan Approval