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 – 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.

Penalties and Bonuses – How To Avoid Project Delays and Incentivize Timely Completion.

Punitive delay claims are unenforceable and are likely to be overridden by the courts.

Pre-qualified Suppliers – Eight Critical Actions for Managing Your Supplier Pool.

This isn't a shortcut to procurement, you still need a scope of work, you still need a bid period, and you still need analysis.

A Conference for Construction Procurement – My Special Announcement.

I was even more excited to learn that the session they had in mind for me was called, "Construction Think Tank:  Exploring Construction Procurement".

Buy Local – “Good” / Buy American – “Bad” How the “Trump Affect” Reveals Hypocrisy in the media.

Trump's order requires federal agencies to procure domestically produced goods and minimize the use of waivers (used to waive domestic procurement laws).

Progressive Procurement – Why Your Procurement Policy Needs More Than Just a Savings Target.

Ensuring that your procurement policy aligns with more than just the bottom line will not only enhance the value of procurement, it elevates the value of the organization.

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