By Bruce Jervis
It seems self-evident that once a contractor enters into a fixed-price contract on publicly bid work, the base price of the contract has been established. But what if the contractor subsequently claims it made a mistake? Is a contractor entitled to an upward reformation of the contract price to correct a bid mistake? ... Read more.
By Steve Rizer
President Obama (D) earlier this week requested substantial funding increases for four key federal programs whose mission is to minimize energy use in buildings. Specifically, his fiscal 2013 budget request proposes increased appropriations for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Building Technologies Program (BTP), Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP), the Weatherization Intergovernmental Activities program, and the Facilities and Infrastructure program. ... Read more.
By Steve Rizer
The share of construction professionals using building information modeling (BIM) in the United Kingdom has more than doubled since 2010, according to the results of a survey that NBS (a trading name of RIBA Enterprises LTD) released earlier this month. About one-third (31 percent) of surveyed construction professionals in the U.K. are using BIM, up from approximately 13 percent in 2010. The company completed its latest National BIM Survey late last year and collected responses from about 1,000 construction professionals, representing a range of business sizes and disciplines from across the industry, including architecture, engineering, and surveying. ... Read more.