VOLUME 4   ISSUE 3   JANUARY 23, 2015


By Bruce Jervis


Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) are controversial. These are pre-hire agreements between a general contractor or a construction manager and a designated collective bargaining representative for all labor on the project. Every constructor on the project must sign the PLA and agree to hire workers exclusively through the designated representative, but participation on the project is not limited to union contractors. Labor is not restricted to union members, although non-union labor must be hired through union halls and paid the negotiated rates.


A Maryland appellate court recently upheld the imposition of a PLA on a public project even though PLAs are not expressly authorized by state procurement statute or... Read more.


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The October 2014 issue of the consistently excellent Tunnel Business Magazine has an interesting article on “Bullshit in Tunneling, Revisited.” The author, Dr. Thom L. Neff, a civil engineer, geologist and tunnel consultant, posits that anything not based entirely on facts represent BS to some degree. He goes on to explain that BS has increased since his first article appeared in 2010, primarily due to the fact that the population as a whole has become 24/7 connected and is increasingly “…impelled to speak extensively about matters of which they are to some degree ignorant.” This results, asserts Neff, are schedule delays and cost overruns.  Read more...


Last week we reviewed the three major tabs that every estimate should have:

  • Project Summary Tab
  • Commentary and Assumptions Tab
  • Estimate Details Tab

These three worksheets provide the contractor with a consistent way to organize an estimate, easily find information, and document pertinent information discerned over the course of producing the estimate. In addition, there are a number of other tabs a contractor might consider adding depending on the nature of work and complexity of the estimated projects. In Part 2 of this article, we offer a few additional tabs to be considered in producing an estimate. Read more...





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