In the typical construction project, the general contractor (GC) is committed to submitting a baseline schedule to the owner for approval. Because of the requirement for the baseline to be submitted prior to or within 30 days of the notice to proceed, the submitted baseline will contain either sufficient detail (if the contractor can get away with it) or be put together based upon how the GC’s project manager envisions the way the job will play out. Savvy GCs will reach out early on and ask their major subs for input before they submit the baseline, but this doesn’t happen often. It’s time for subcontractors to be more proactive in being involved in schedule development. Surprisingly, everyone wins when they do. Read more.
If a project owner extends the performance period for an early phase of the work, shouldn’t it follow that the project completion deadline would be extended commensurately? Not necessarily. A recent decision illustrates that the prior extension must involve work on the schedule’s critical path – the sequence of work on a project which will take the shortest time to complete. Read more.
Let’s be blunt; we’re all responsible for our own safety, right? Jobsite safety has a negative ROI, so project management really does not want to spend much time or money on it. Isn’t it just common sense to, for example, wear protective googles when using a nail gun? The workers, who are often pressured to complete the job in the shortest possible time, often don’t want to bother with it. Perhaps workers don’t want to take the time to look for the safety googles, or they’ve been doing this for so long that they don’t want to change. Read more.
Thyssenkrupp recently introduced the world’s first rope-less and sideways-moving elevator system, MULTI. Instead of one cabin per shaft moving up and down, the MULTI offers multiple cabins operating in a loop, like a metro system inside a building. The first building to use the MULTI elevators is The East Side Tower in Berlin.
Despite all the best efforts, claims and disputes are likely to arise on your projects. This article provides keys to help you avoid claims during the dispute phase which starts during and overlaps with the construction phase.
You'll learn about how negotiation teams, decision ladders and dispute resolution boards can help keep you out of court. Read more.
St. Luke’s Health System in Boise, Idaho paid roughly $300,000 to relocate a 98-foot tall, 105-year-old sequoia tree to make room for a building expansion. It took about 10 hours for crews to move the 800-pound tree to its new location a few blocks away.
Contractors choose to operate as corporations or limited liability companies for a number of good reasons. One is to isolate financial responsibility at the company level, without recourse against the individual company owners. For this to be effective, however, the individuals must respect the integrity of the business entity. Read more.
Scheduled to open in 2017, Jean Nouvel’s Louvre Abu Dhabi is the cornerstone of a new $278 billion cultural district on Saadiyat Island. Watch the video to learn more about the building including the massive dome that covers the museum.