Sometimes it takes a major catastrophe to shine the light on shoddy practices, bad construction, bad decisions and, further up the line, bad policies that have led to the moment...
December 16, 2019
At a recent dinner with some colleagues from an earlier life, the discussion turned to how the construction of a building is like making a movie. Both are very complex, and both take hundreds, if not thousands, of professionals, each with a specific role to play.
December 02, 2019
The dust has hardly cleared after the recent partial collapse of eight floors of the under-construction Hard Rock Hotel at 1031 Canal Street at the edge of the French Quarter in New Orleans, killing three and injuring over 30 workers, but the lawsuits and the stories are beginning to emerge.
November 26, 2019
A recent survey by Dodge Data & Analytics and Sevan Multi-site Solutions of owners who have multi-site construction and contractors who do that work reveals some vastly different positions on “critical success factors” in the construction process. The survey findings were reported in a Dodge Smartmarket Insight titled Challenges and Opportunities in Multi-Site Construction.
November 20, 2019
Three things keep nagging at me. An AGC study determined that new construction and infrastructure equal to the amount that exists today will be built between today and 2030 in the US. The second is that 40% of the construction materials for a building under our current approach is wasted. The third thing is that as much as 25% of all construction today has to be re-done to make it right. The combination of those three things alone seems to me to make it imperative that we find better ways for architects and contractors to work together and we need to do it now.
November 14, 2019