What should be considered in a proper project site due diligence?

In the Pre-Design phase of the project there may be a need for additional due diligence studies to ensure that the project is feasible. One of the first due diligence studies could be a Property Condition Assessment (PCA). The standard format of PCA is detailed in ASTM E2018. As an Owner’s Representative when asked to…

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Why you need (and what should be included in) a Project Management Plan

The Project Management Plan is the heart and soul of how the Owner’s Project Team will run the project. This plan outlines key visions of the leader of the Owner’s Representative Team on how the project should be run. Not having a plan will cause starts and stops in a project as the collective team…

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Avoiding a Troubled Project

In a recent two part interview, I discussed my first experience with Troubled Projects, along with How Best to Avoid the Troubled Waters of Construction through the use of a Professional Quality Owner’s Representative, and what attributes to look for in an Owner’s Representative. Today, I would like to touch base on several of the…

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Establishing BIM Goal and Objectives on a Project to the Owners’ Benefit

BIM is one of the latest tools that is revolutionizing the construction industry. As with any new tool, there are learning curves and the best recommendation is to find an expert in the industry to assist you. As the Owner’s Representative, it is important for you to understand how to properly implement BIM on a project.…

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What are Critical Elements of a Design Consultant’s Contract? (Part 3 of 3)

In Parts 1 and 2 of “What are Critical Elements of a Design Consultant’s Contract,” important points were made regarding hiring Legal Counsel as well as notations about the importance of having a strong contract with the Design Professional, regardless of if AIA Documents are used/customized or a custom contract is created. While the choice…

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What Are Critical Elements of a Design Consultant’s Contract? (Part 2 Of 3)

In Part 1 of “What are Critical Elements of a Design Consultant’s Contract”, points were made regarding hiring Legal Counsel and the importance of having a strong contract with the Design Professional, regardless of if AIA Documents are used/customized or a custom contract is created. While the choice of using AIA contracts vs. custom contracts…

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What Are Critical Elements of a Design Consultant’s Contract? (Part 1 of 3)

The most critical element of a Design Consultant’s Contract is the Legal Counsel. If the Owner does not have a Legal Counsel, the Owner’s Representative should propose a Legal Counsel to assist in the development of agreements for the Designer. A Legal Counsel, with experience in construction, should be hired to assist in the development…

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