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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
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Construction Documents Are Not Contract Documents
It’s Important to Know the Difference
By: Arthur O'Leary, FAIA, MRIAI
There would be fewer disputes and less disappointment in the
construction industry if all parties to construction
contracts clearly understood their obligations and were
fully aware of their obligations, rights, and privileges.
These are to be found primarily in the contract documents.
The term contract documents is uniformly used in all AIA
standard form agreements to designate the group of documents
that comprise the construction contract between the owner
and contractor. The terms contract documents and contract
may be used interchangeably.
The contract represents the entire and integrated agreement
between the parties.
Owners and contractors, when making claims against the other,
often will attempt to enforce the provisions of
conversations, inferences of actions, and any scrap of paper
developed in the course of their relationship. Similarly,
architects will often search the documents seeking authority
to compel the owner or contractor to perform some duty.
However, only those documents and promises, that have been
reduced to writing and incorporated into the contract, can
be relied upon as being legally enforceable.
The Anatomy of
a Perfect Bid
DCD, Industry Associations Announce Best Project Estimate
Preparing an accurate, complete construction
bid requires the perfect intersection of a unique (and often
evasive) combination of elements. Project knowledge, design
insight, historical data, the ability to predict and adjust
for ever-changing variables, and a healthy dose of luck all
factor into the estimating equation. Cost estimating can be
both challenging and frustrating, but it’s the exactness of
the science – and the lack of it – that attracts and entices
estimating professionals constantly trying to hit the moving
It seems simple enough: An estimate is a calculation of the
quantities of various items of work and the expenses likely
to be incurred during the course of that work. How the
estimate compares to the actual costs, however, depend on
the accuracy of the professional’s methods and his ability
to visualize the work. Under-estimating can result in a
shock to the client – and possible abandonment or drastic
modification of the project. Over-estimating may lose the
estimating professional his client, his job – or at very
least, his confidence.
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Conditions for Architecture Billings Index
Institutional market continues to be lone bright spot
in non-residential sector
Despite having its highest score since January,
the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) continues to point to
difficult conditions for the nonresidential construction
market. There have been six consecutive months with negative
scores, indicating that business levels at U.S architecture
firms continue to worsen. 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 July ABI rating was 46.8, up slightly
from the 46.1 mark in June (any score above 50 indicates an
increase in billings). The inquiries for new projects score
& Glass Improves Solar Mirrors For Renewable Energy Industry
Arch Aluminum and Glass Co., Inc. has developed innovative
new mirror manufacturing techniques to meet the demand for
lower cost and more efficient concentrator photovoltaic
units in the burgeoning renewable energy industry.
The Arch parabolic mirrors optically focus sunlight onto a
concentrator containing active solar cell materials that
converts the intense light into electricity. The paint
backing for these techniques are lead free, which allows
Arch to mass produce environmentally friendly lead free
mirrors capable of withstanding high temperatures. "Coatings
applied to parabolic-shaped glass in a high-volume,
high-production manner has never been done before," said
Tony Lawson, director of solar operations for Arch. This
latest innovation at Arch has the potential to help bring
the cost of generating solar power on par with coal-fired
power plants, according to Lawson. "We recognized the need
for a cost-effective approach and are proud to be the first
to provide a product for this demand," he said.
DCD Cost Trends
Design Cost Data™ magazine and BNi®
Building News are devoted to bringing the industry critical
information to assist in developing reliable cost estimates.
To help the construction professional project future
building costs, each issue of Design Cost Data in 2007
includes an editorial section on Cost Trends.
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DCD maintains the DCD Archives™, an archive of over 1,100 actual projects
featured in DCD online at DCD.COM. The following cost guides
have been compiled from projects archived in the DCD
escalated to the month and year of the DCD publication date
and to a historical location factor of 1.
PLC ("Kingspan") Announces the Acquisition of MeTecno USA ("MeTecno")
leading manufacturer of a range of sustainable products for
the construction industry, is pleased to announce it has
completed the acquisition of 100% of MeTecno, Inc. a holding
company for the MeTecno businesses in the USA, from MeTecno
BV, a subsidiary of the MeTecno Group, a global manufacturer
of composite sandwich panels. The agreement is
MeTecno, operating under the ASI, API, and Benchmark brands,
is the second largest manufacturer of composite sandwich
panels in the US market, operating from three sites located
in Florida, Ohio and California. MeTecno also comprises a
leading architectural metal wall and roof panel profile
business, operating under the Morin brand, from two sites in
Connecticut and California. The acquisition gives Kingspan
critical mass in the United States, and when combined with
existing Canadian market leadership, gives unrivalled
geographical market reach in North America at a time when
demand for insulation products is expected to increase due
to economic and regulatory pressures. Read