DCD E•News

Volume 3 - Number 6

  June 2008


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Arthur O'Leary, FAIA, MRIAI

Initial Decision Maker (IDM)
A New Term – A New Concept in Contract Administration

   Every ten years the American Institute of Architects reviews and reissues the whole suite of integrated standard documents for construction and architecture. This is for the dual purposes of remaining current with construction industry practices and the state of the law. Many of the documents remain unchanged, or slightly changed, while others undergo drastic changes. The reviewers represent all facets of the construction industry as well as the legal and design professions. 
   In the latest review, the 2007 Editions, a new concept has been introduced, accompanied by a new defined term: Initial Decision Maker. This has been included in the three main construction contract forms: 
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Construction Nightmares: Jobs from Hell and How to Avoid Them 
Construction Nightmares: Jobs from Hell and How to Avoid Them   Arthur F. O'Leary, FAIA, MRIAI, a 40-year construction project veteran, relates actual jobs gone bad from the world of construction, dealing with plans, extras, delays, interference, scheduling, change orders, defective construction, inadequate supervision, incompetent contractors and just about every other problem that could happen on a construction job.
   After you find out what went wrong and how it went wrong, you get a clear legal analysis explaining the tools and procedures to use to untangle the mess. For example, you'll see how to use mechanic's liens to your advantage, the proper way to use a bonding company, insurance coverage checks, contract preparation and negotiation strategies and much more.
   Packed with real-life case examples describing nightmares like these:
• The mysterious retaining wall collapse. 
• Earthquake damage or liable defect? 
• The case of the fraudulent shop drawings. 
• The contractor who hired his high school buddy. 
• The corrupt inspector and the crooked estimator.
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Construction Cost Trends 

Construction Cost Trends for July 2008

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Downswing In Single-Family Market Deepens In April, Multfamily Construction Bumps Up For The Month

The downswing in the single-family housing market deepened in April while a bump up for the month in the extremely volatile multifamily market lifted total housing starts 8.2 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.032 million units, according to figures released by the Commerce Department today. Total starts were down 30.6 percent from a year earlier.
   Single-family housing starts dropped 1.7 percent for the month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 692,000 units, the lowest monthly production rate since January 1991 and 42.2 percent below April 2007. Read More

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Architecture Billings Index Drops Two Points
Business conditions weakest in the West

   Following a slight rise in April, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) fell two points in May, prolonging the downturn in design activity at architecture firms. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI shows an approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the May ABI rating was 43.4, down from the 45.5 mark in April (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The inquiries for new projects score was 46.5. 
   “With the exception of the institutional sector – projects like government buildings, schools and hospitals – we’ve seen a dramatic contraction in design activity in recent months,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. “Right now things are especially hard in the West and in the commercial and multifamily residential sectors. This weakness in design activity can be expected to produce a contraction in these construction sectors later this year and into 2009.”  Read More

Versatile Construction Software Integrates Systems to Maximize Efficiency, Profits
In a slowing economy, it is only logical that those involved in the commercial building industry would take a closer look at ways to maximize the efficiencies, resources and ultimately, the profitability of their operations. But less work in progress also means more time to examine the routine systems and products used to conduct daily business – and time to evaluate if better alternatives exist. 
  At least that’s what construction software providers are banking on as they tout a full range of proven cost-estimating, accounting, procurement, project management and reporting software solutions. These products operate on the basic premise that construction is a highly complex organization of integrated components that must succeed both separately and as a cohesive, interactive network. Effective construction management software allows less people to do more work in less time, with fewer errors, greater accountability and better cash flow. Continuous information sharing eliminates redundancies and insures that key players have access to meaningful data. In good times, this information is valuable; in tighter times, it’s essential to stay in business.
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Solatube International Helps 2008 Olympic Games Go Green

   As China set out to create the first-ever “Green Olympics,” designers turned to Solatube International Inc., the worldwide leading manufacturer and marketer of Tubular Daylighting Devices (TDDs) to provide natural lighting solutions for a new Olympic event-designated gymnasium at the Beijing Science & Technology University. The company announced today that the installation of 148 Solatube 750 DS Daylighting Systems (approximately each 21 in/530 mm in diameter) is now complete. 
   The gymnasium will host the judo and taekwondo Olympic competitions, as well as the Paralympics wheelchair rugby and wheelchair basketball events. The Solatube Daylighting Systems illuminate the facility’s main gymnasium, which includes a 2,400-square-meter competition arena that seats over 8,000 spectators.

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Venice Beach Home Utilizes MeTecno USA Metal Wall Panels - MeTecno USA-API Division Products Selected for Sleek Metal Design

   Merely steps from the ocean, homeowner Tom Ennis's chic panel house sits in Venice Beach, CA. With help from MeTecno USA, a worldwide leader in the manufacturing of insulated composite panels, Ennis' home serves as a catalyst for new environmentally friendly, long-lasting beach homes.
   Approximately 3,600 square-feet of MeTecno USA-API Division's popular Centurywall™ vertical wall panels (CWP-V) were used on the home. The home's interior, which also features CWP-V, complements the modern exterior appearance of the $1.3 million residence.
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