In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the effects of mass quarantines around the world has created a great deal of uncertainty. The decision by many of the World’s largest Companies to permanently work from home, has left Landlords holding their breath as they wait to see what the market does.
Category: Real Estate
ProcureCon Facilities – A Virtual Event from WBR – Dealing With Disruption, Continuing To Save, & Defining The New Normal.
Typically I try to announce speaking engagements in advance, but as you know, I’ve been a little off from my normal routines lately.
Regardless, I recently participate in a virtual event hosted by Worldwide Business Research (WBR) creators of the ProcureCon series.
The event was hosted and moderated by Ryan Kulp (Program Director for ProcureCon Facilities). The three hour event included panel discussions, presentations, and fireside chats with 9 leaders in Facilities Procurement.
The segment I participated in was a fireside chat between Ryan, myself and my friend and colleague Michael Beauregard.
Industry watch – Collaborative Delivery – Case Studies Of Collaborative Delivery – What They Tell Us and Why Standard Forms of Agreement May not be Right For You.
Over the last two weeks we have been exploring collaborative agreements.
Two weeks ago, I gave you a brief overview of the difference between the AIA’s two collaborative delivery contract models. Last week, I shared some of the most pivotal clauses that shift the relationship of the parties from adversaries to collaborators.
This week, I want to share some of the case studies I have read from projects that used some form of collaborative agreements and share some of the anecdotal comments I have received from friends and colleagues that have worked under one of these models.
Commentary – Open-Plan Offices – How Office Environments Are Making Us Less Social and Why Architects Are to Blame.
Open-plan offices were never really about increasing collaboration they were more about saving cost on Real Estate.
Best Practices – Overhead Costs – What Constitutes Overhead Costs and Why Your Projects Should Not Be Paying Them.
Despite alignment on quoting these costs separately, there still seems to be little to no consistency.
Industry Watch – The Builder’s Lien Act – How Manitoba is Taking on the topic of Prompt Payment by Modernizing the Builder’s Lien Act.
One of the strategies for maximizing the value of capital is to extend payment terms.
Best Practices – Lien Waivers – How You Could Lose Your Home Without One.
A lien is a legal document that imparts ownership onto a third party until a specific debt is paid.
Commentary – Modular Construction – Why Modular Construction Techniques Continue to Languish and Why Procurement is Responsible.
Johnston is so focused on procurement that he has completely overlooked the rest of the findings.
Industry Watch – Grenfell Tower – Final Report on Grenfell Tower Concludes Poor Procurement To Blame…Or Does It?
Hackitt’s comments on procurement are one of many recommendations which are part of an integrated systemic changes.
Tech Talk – Sensors – How Sensor Technology is Changing Facilities.
How all of us in construction (not just procurement) can drive our buildings towards an Internet of Things (IoT) reality.
Best Practices – Architectural Services – How to Negotiate Your Architect’s Rates?
Once you have a short list of candidates based on qualifications, (and ONLY then) you can consider price.
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.