Best Practices – Self-Performing Contractors – Do Self-Performing Contractors Improve Your Bottom Line?

Self-performance does create additional revenue streams for the general contractor and you do need to address this.

Best Practices – Contractor Overhead and Profit – Why Lowest Bids Does Not Mean Best Value.

Low-ball contractor's win bids with the intention of making up losses through change orders.

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.

How to solicit a Cost Plus Fee quote.

Allowing a vendor to add mark-up on top of the costs of his own resources leads to a double dip by the vendor.

What are the phases of work of a typical project?

No matter how big or small, all construction projects follow the same basic phases of work. Spending an appropriate amount of time (relative to project complexity) at each phase can mean the difference between the success or failure of your project.  If you try to skip a phase or fail to perform the proper due … Continue reading What are the phases of work of a typical project?

Working without a contract? The reasons why Owner’s should never allow it.

In Today's HGTV world where entire room renovations happen "While you were out" and "Restaurant Impossible" re-brands failing eateries in a weekend, the notion that construction can happen quickly is all too prevalent.  These shows don't reveal the pre-work that goes into performing these miraculous transformations and they don't account for the incredible amount of man-power that goes … Continue reading Working without a contract? The reasons why Owner’s should never allow it.

Construction Consensus Procurement Improvement Act

In June of 2015 the 114th Congress of the United States introduced a bill called Construction Consensus Procurement Improvement Act of 2015. The intention of this bill was to allow for the use of Design-Build contracts in gov't construction. Recently the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs issued a report on the bill making certain … Continue reading Construction Consensus Procurement Improvement Act

A new direction for Procurpro!

The interview I went out to North Carolina for went well. The Company made an offer and I have accepted. I am thrilled to be working with some great people in a great Company.  I begin work next Tuesday. The downside is I won't be able to continued marketing Procurpro while I work for my new Company. … Continue reading A new direction for Procurpro!

How to avoid change orders on roof replacement.

The couple stood their in front of their home with their roof exposed and a pile of old roof tiles on the front lawn...Basically, there is no choice but to accept the change order and move on.

10 questions to ask a Contractor Reference.

Most people know that one of the best ways to qualify a contractor is to request references, but most never actually call. It might be that some think call a reference is a waste of time or possibly that you are imposing on the reference, but it is surprising how willing some folks are to … Continue reading 10 questions to ask a Contractor Reference.

About Procurement

In the context of construction, procurement is the process of identifying, soliciting, negotiating, and contracting service providers to perform the work. This means selecting and hiring professionals such as architects, engineers, and construction managers and in some cases contracting laborers such as carpenters, plumbers, steel workers, etc.

How do I put together an RFP for construction manager at risk?

In a recent posting on the AIA's project delivery forum, an architect in Nebraska wanted help understanding how to solicit a quote for a construction manager at risk. His question was, "How do I put together an RFP for construction manager at risk?". In the posting, he mentions that his client specifically asked for the … Continue reading How do I put together an RFP for construction manager at risk?