Posted: October 11, 2018 | Project Management
Nature has waged war with roofs since humans stepped out of caves and began building shelters. Primitive roofs used native material and proven construction techniques of the area to apply sticks, leaves, straw, clay, mud, turf, or animal skins to protect people from the elements. Each technique had its benefits, but they still were subject to the effects of continuous weather exposure.
Posted: August 28, 2018 | Project Management
A recent Lean Construction Institute owner survey found that, of “typical” projects, 61 percent were behind schedule and 49 percent were over budget. Even among their “best” projects, 21 percent were behind schedule and 17 percent over budget. In that same survey, owners indicated that prefabrication was the leading method to keep schedules and budgets in line.
Posted: May 22, 2018 | Project Management
If the construction industry is anything, it’s consistent. For roughly 20 straight years, the industry has racked up the “least improved” award for having the lowest annual productivity gains globally of any industry. This means construction is still substantially less productive now than it was in 1995, according to a 2017 McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) study.
Posted: March 8, 2018 | Project Management
SRD Architects Inc. provided comprehensive architectural and interior design services for the Tibor Rubin VA Medical Center in Long Beach, California. They were tasked to renovate the existing 11,000-square-foot Spinal Cord Injury Building constructed in 1986 and the 8,000-square-foot Radiation Therapy Building originally constructed in 1993.
Posted: January 10, 2018 | Project Management
The University of Chicago Lab School was building a brand new arts facility, the Gordon Parks Arts Hall, funded in part by a donation from the George Lucas Family Foundation. It was a high-profile project, making use of daylighting.