VOLUME Construction Advisor Today   ISSUE 96   FEBRUARY 24, 2011


Several years ago the federal boards of contract appeals were consolidated into two principal boards: the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals and the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals. While the Postal Service board and Tennessee Valley Authority board continue to exist, the boards have otherwise been consolidated from 11 down to two.


The CBCA has assumed the responsibilities of former boards such as Agriculture, General Services, Department of Transportation, Veterans Affairs, Energy and Labor. The ASBCA has retained its traditional DOD jurisdiction for the Corps of Engineers and NASA boards. This consolidation leads to an interesting question. Are the results of contractor appeals to the new boards consistent with what contractors previously expected under the old boards?


Navigant Consulting, Inc., a global expert services firm serving the construction and engineering industries and presenters of WPL's upcoming webinar on Construction Scheduling, recently studied this issue. The investigators examined results from the old boards in construction related cases, categorizing them as for the government, for the contractor, or mixed. The investigators then performed a similar examination of results from the new ASBCA and CBCA. The results were then compared.


Noblis Inc. earlier this month announced the release of the U.S. General Services Administration's (GSA's) Sustainable Facilities Tool.

GSA is rolling out its latest sustainability initiative, the web-based Sustainable Facilities Tool, to help government and industry personnel identify and prioritize cost-effective, sustainable strategies for small projects that do not normally engage workplace consultants or designers. The Sustainable Facilities Tool's initial focus is on workplace projects of less than 10,000 square feet.


Texas A&M University’s College of Architecture is invitng construction professionals to participte in a survey that aims to gauge how the transition to building information modeling (BIM) is impacting small architectural firms.

The study seeks to identify common BIM adoption variables that can be used to develop adoption strategies as well as business processes emerging from BIM transition. Results of the study will be made available once the investigation is complete.





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