VOLUME 6   ISSUE 25   JUNE 23, 2017


By Jim Zack


Construction claims are becoming increasingly prevalent and expensive. It is key that owners and contractors work together to keep the project on schedule and communicate any deviations from plan.


The key to successful projects is communicate, communicate, communicate! Whether you are dealing with a partnering situation or a normal construction project, it is imperative to openly communicate early and often.


In reality, in construction, we often stifle communications for fear of liability. But, bad news delivered early is useful information. Bad news delivered late is a disaster!

The article reviews such possible aspects of project communication as partnering, pre-construction audits, delegation, project trending, document trail, use of technology, log and schedule submittals and more. Read more.


 This week's blog highlights from across the industry look at:


  • New 3D Printer Will Create Buildings in a Matter of Days
  • Passive House Projects

Read more.


The 821 foot city skyline consists of 145 residential condos that were designed to look like individual homes stacked on top of each other, giving the building its “Jenga-like qualities.” See time-lapse video of construction progress from 2012 to late 2016. 



From Previous Issues:
Volume: 6, Issue: 24 - 06/16/2017


By Bruce Jervis


A settlement agreement, as most contracts, can be crafted narrowly to apply to very specific matters. Or, it may be a broad, comprehensive resolution of all disputed matters. Either way, an essential element of a settlement agreement is a waiver and release of claims. Read more.


 This week's blog highlights from across the industry look at:


  • How Can Construction Companies Stay on Schedule?
  • 7 Construction/Engineering Companies Ranked on Fortune 500 List
  • U.K. Construction Firm Bans Workers from Having Beards

Read more.


A recent Construction Junkie blog posting reported that a bomb from World War II was found at a construction project in Birmingham, West Minster. While bombs have been found buried at other sites, this bomb had to be detonated. Watch this video.



Volume: 6, Issue: 23 - 06/09/2017


In fiscal year 2015, OSHA Citations in the Focus Four Area constituted 94% of the fines among the TOP 20 OSHA Violations. Year-in, year-out, OSHA Citations are at 85% for Focus Four Violations and 90% of the fine amounts. Given these numbers, an OSHA inspection will likely concentrate on Focus Four areas.


During a recent webinar program presented in conjunction with ConstructionPro Network, Neil Opfer, a professor at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, told attendees that as construction projects get more complicated, increases in safety protection become even more important. Learn more.


 This week's blog highlights from across the industry look at:


  • Indoor Air Quality Supports Employee Health
  • Business Development for A/E/C Firms
  • Workspace Design Can Boost Productivity

Read more


 In a recent blog entry in Construction Junkie, Shane Hedmond reported on an accident at a mixed-use building in Oakland, California where about 20 construction workers fell 10 to 15 feet while placing concrete on the second floor. Read more


Volume: 6, Issue: 22 - 06/02/2017


By Bruce Jervis


The concept of “concurrent delay” is straightforward. A contractor cannot recover for suspended or delayed work caused by the project owner if the contractor would have otherwise been unable to perform during the period in question. In effect, the owner-caused delay is cancelled out by the contractor-caused delay. Read more.


 A scene that plays out thousands of times a year, and sucks countless millions of dollars of damages and attorneys’ fees out of the pockets of owners, contractors, and subcontractors, goes something like this. Halfway through construction of a large apartment building, inspectors notice some minor racking of the frame in the face of unusually high wind.


The project is suspended for additional inspection, and it turns out that some of the structural members are slightly undersized. It is clear that remedial work and supplemental engineering is necessary to protect the structural integrity of the building. Thus the battle begins over who will bear the costs of the remedial work and the resulting delay damages. Read more.


 This week's blog highlights from across the industry look at:


  • Fritted Glass Saves Birds and Energy
  • Trump Infrastructure Budget Revealed

Read more


A Baltimore rowhouse had developed a large crack and city inspectors determined that the building was unstable and an emergency demolition was ordered. During the demolition, the adjacent rowhouse which was occupied as a Laundromat, was mistakenly destroyed as a section of brick fell over the neighboring property. Please click here to watch the video.


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