VOLUME Construction Advisor Today   ISSUE 4   MAY 20, 2009


“Notice of claim” requirements are found in almost every construction contract. Typically, the contractor must provide written notice within a certain number of days of any event or occurrence giving rise to a claim for a price adjustment. Frequently, the notice must include a statement of costs.
These notice requirements are awkward for contractors. To begin with, the other party is probably well aware of the problems causing increased costs. It seems adversarial or litigious to be constantly serving written notices of claims. Additionally, the contractor may be uncertain of the actual increased costs that will be incurred. What is the contractor supposed to do, serve weekly notices with an


In 2008, Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico was awarded LEED-NC (new construction) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council for five major buildings, more than any other entity in the state.  Not only do the more than 600,000 square feet in these five buildings represent more than 10 percent of the square footage in the 700 buildings under Sandia's management; these buildings are unlike most LEED-rated buildings.

The MESA Microsystems Fabrication (MicroFab) Facility, for example, is the nation's first microchip fabrication facility to achieve a LEED certification.  "For the MicroFab, as for most of the buildings at


At the sixth annual conference of the Project Management Institute College of Scheduling (PMICOS) in Boston last week, five activities emerged as the essential components to every successful building project in the not-too-distant future:

1)   Project controls
2)   Building Information Modeling (BIM)
3)   Risk analysis
4)   Lean construction
5)   Integrated Project Delivery (IPD)

Convention participants sat through a number of sessions on these various topics and it is clear that while each component is important in its own right, collectively, these process tools span the interests and concerns of every member of the building team.  When implemented in a shared environment, whether through informal team meetings or a signed IPD contract, the processes become valuable problem-solving tools that can lead to significant savings in project cost and time.

Clearly, the common element facilitating these processes is project data.  Building Information





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