VOLUME 1   ISSUE 24   OCTOBER 15, 2012


By Bruce Jervis


While change orders are sometimes associated with contractor claims, the majority of change orders are initiated by project owners. The reasons vary. There may be problems with the original planning and design of the project. There may be developments the owner could not have reasonably anticipated. Or, the owner may simply change its mind.


Regardless of the cause, an owner request for a change order proposal is a cost for the contractor. Subcontractors and suppliers are queried. Cost estimates must be prepared, schedules revised and contract documents reviewed. With changes of considerable magnitude or complexity, consultants and attorneys may be involved. ... Read more.


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By Steve Rizer


Dead men tell no tales, but apparently they represent a growing impetus for differing-site-condition (DSC) claims in construction.


DSC claims involving archeological and protected burial sites have become “somewhat more popular,” Marilyn Klinger, who heads up the Construction Practices Group for Sedgwick LLP’s Los Angeles office, told a group of construction professionals attending a webinar that WPL Publishing held earlier this month. Environmental and archeological-type regulations developed in recent years have fueled this trend, she said. ... Read more.


By Steve Rizer


Could energy consumption in office buildings soon plummet through the widespread adoption of advanced power strips (APSs)? Considering the results of a recent U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) evaluation of the new technology and the fact that plug-loads account for approximately one-quarter of total electricity use in office buildings, the potential for making such structures significantly greener could be enormous.


APSs are designed to save energy by controlling plug-in devices according to a schedule or based on a given device crossing a power threshold. Through its Green Proving Ground (GPG) program, GSA assessed the effectiveness of APSs managing plug-load energy consumption in eight agency buildings. Three types of plug-load-reduction strategies were evaluated: schedule timer control, which allows a user to set the day and time when a circuit will be energized and de-energized; load-sensing control, which monitors a specific device’s (“master”) power state and de-energizes auxiliary devices (“slaves”) if the master’s power consumption dips below a predetermined threshold; and a combination of the two. ... Read more.


By Treighton Mauldin


“Lean” is a word that makes many people in our industry start to sweat. The word is becoming associated with corporate mandates; long, gut-wrenching meetings; expensive consultants and software; increased staff; and an overall increase in overhead. When I start to hear all of the buzz words thrown around, I can start to understand where the apprehension is coming from. What is unfortunate is that there is a lot of good that comes from “lean,” but it is being misrepresented by people who don’t really understand what it means. ... Read more.





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