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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What is critical in a Project Management System?

One of the key areas that require management on projects is the management of data. The larger the project the more data there is to manage. Projects have failed due to the lack of management of data. Over the past two decades the industry has moved from the era of hard copies in filing cabinets…

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Why you need good Project Procedures?

Good project procedures are critical for a well-run project. They help everyone on a project know the ground rules and processes needed to successfully work together as a team. It is critical that Owner’s Representatives take the lead in pulling a Procedure Manual together and detailing those processes to everyone on the project. A good…

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Broken Projects, Busted Budgets and Late Schedules – What is an Owner to do?

Research has shown that over the past 40 years manufacturing productivity has almost doubled while productivity in the construction industry has remained level (McKinsey Study). Statistics in the industry have indicated that a majority of projects exceed the originally planned costs and are delivered late. The key player in the development and construction equation that…

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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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If All Else Fails – Communicate Effectively!

Many projects often bring to mind the famous line from Cool Hand Luke – “What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate.” One of the definitions of communication from Merriam Webster Dictionary is “a technique for expressing ideas effectively.” On today’s projects, everyone on the project seems to be communicating, whether that be talking,…

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Why Early Clarification of the Owner’s Objectives is CRITICAL

As an Owner’s Representative one of the MOST CRITICAL tasks you must do is to ensure that the Owner’s Objectives are clear. Having testified in court on construction management issues, I have learned one of the most difficult things to overcome is an Owner who believes they bought “X” and received “Y” due to the…

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Why have a Master Schedule?

In parallel with the development of the budget is the development of the Master Project Schedule. This schedule will outline the goals of the Owner for the project with respect to time. The Owner’s representative should develop various alternative approaches for phasing, sequencing, management and implementation of the project from due diligence through commissioning. This…

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