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.

The Future of Construction – How Off-Site Fabrication and Modular Construction Techniques Offer Speed, Savings, and Safety.

OSM construction methods can reduce the cost of construction by 20% and accelerate construction 40 percent ahead of traditional methods.

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.

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

Tariff’s, Blacklisting, and Global Warming – Canada’s Self-Inflicted Challenges on their Wood Industry

You may have recently heard about President Trump imposing tariffs on wood imported from Canada.  The story broke in April, 2017 in the New York Times. The Trump tariffs are not a reaction to new developments.  According to the Times article, the US and Canada have been at odds on this issue since 1982.  Trump's … Continue reading Tariff’s, Blacklisting, and Global Warming – Canada’s Self-Inflicted Challenges on their Wood Industry

When do You Need a Permit? (Part 4) Work Permits

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

When do You Need a Permit? (Part 3) Plan Approval

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

When do You Need a Permit? (Part 2) Zoning Application

As part of a multi-part series on the most common types of permits, this entry addresses the 6 considerations of zoning applications. Click here to read the first part where I explain these 6 considerations in detail. This week's news story is right out of my back yard here in Bucks County Pennsylvania where we … Continue reading When do You Need a Permit? (Part 2) Zoning Application

Pricing models what are they and when are they used?

Many property Owners and construction professionals have the misconception that the only way to solicit pricing for design and construction services is to request a fixed price lump sum quote. There certainly are occasions when fixed price lump sum quotes are a good choice, but this should not be taken for granted. In order to … Continue reading Pricing models what are they and when are they used?