Opportunities Abound for Construction/Building Science Grads

Colleges around the nation prepare future construction managers for promising careers Construction management-bound college graduates today are finding that, more and more, universities are responding to the challenges of an ever advancing field. Higher education programs around the nation are collaborating with industry leaders and accreditation agencies to develop specialized…

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Keeping Proposal Promises from Becoming Contractual Obligations

Contractor’s proposals are often the first step in a courtship between owners and contractors. Initially, everyone is optimistic for a successful outcome. The honeymoon period may last the entire project and culminate in a project that is delivered on-time and on-schedule. However, in today’s overheated construction environment, costs may rise,…

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The Greening of the Building Codes

I. Introduction Building codes are the “minimum requirements” to safeguard public health, safety, and general welfare through structural strength, means of egress facilities (emergency exits), stability, sanitation, adequate light and ventilation, energy conservation, and safety to life and property. These codes protect the public from fire and other hazards attributed…

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Fire Rebuilds Stoke Flames of Claims if Not Handled Appropriately

Today’s refining, chemical, petrochemical, and heavy industrial facilities process and utilize hazardous chemicals, and despite the best laid plans and procedures, accidents do happen. Accidents could range from fires to explosions, resulting in chemical releases and damage to equipment and the facility, hopefully with minimal or no injury to personnel.…

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CDR-1256: Challenges of the Measured Mile Concept for Productivity Loss Claims

ABSTRACT— Contractors face several challenges when developing claims for productivity loss due to owner/architect/engineer or third-party interference. These include the burden of linking the interference to the productivity loss and establishing the reasonableness of estimated increased time and/or costs. AACE International describes various methodologies in its Recommended Practice No. 25R-03…

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Power Projects Fuel Construction Industry Growth

Currently, overall construction spending is increasing globally after a prolonged slowdown. In the United States, Interface Consulting expects the increasing demand for energy and the retirement of older, less efficient power plants to drive investment in power projects. In recent years, the quantity and size of power construction projects has…

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Project Management

Is Design Build Right For Your Project

Design-Bid Build Project Requires Heavy Owner Involvement Unique/Complex Facilities Residential High-End Commercial (Custom Features) Heavy/ Specializes Industrial Facilities Design-Build Less Owner Involvement Required “Cookie Cutter” Projects Gas Stations, Fast Food Restaurants Highways/Utilities/Light Industrial Public Schools What is Design-Build? Design-build is a construction methodology in which the owner contracts with a…

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Interpreting Force Majeure in the Wake of Disaster

In general terms, force majeure is considered to be “an act of God” or an occurrence outside the control of the parties which impacts or delays the project. Force majeure includes issues such as unusually severe weather, labor strikes, natural disasters, or governmental actions/changes in law that negatively impact the…

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