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.

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”.

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).

Control Estimates – Six Critical Steps for Reducing Risk in a Cost Plus Contract

Prior to committing to a contract it's necessary to requisition funds, waiting until after a contract has been signed to know the full cost can be problematic.

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?