Posted by Tyson at 31 August 2015

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The Texas contractor was building a water plant expansion and schools across the state.
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Posted by Tyson at 31 August 2015

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While still integrating the 2014 purchase of US giant Parsons Brinckerhoff, Montreal-based designer offsets oil-and-gas impacts with $ 320M buy of Ontario-based MMM Group
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Posted by Tyson at 29 August 2015

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BirminghamLike many experienced construction companies, our team is well practiced in both Lump Sum and Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) construction contracts. Adding to these, we are now involved with projects requiring a different delivery method, the Agency Construction Management agreement. In most cases, this is a good choice when there are multiple entities at the table–either the project is funded publicly or under a 3Ps approach. On these types of projects, CM allows project delivery to be performed as a professional service.

As a construction manager, we assume many roles sometimes not found in a traditional contract, from detailed involvement on the front end, to comprehensive budgeting, all the way through public solicitation of trade contractor proposals, design review and contract negotiations on behalf of the owner. We then manage the project individual bid packages and soft costs for the client for a pre-determined fee.

Why our CM approach is working:

  • Breaking the entire project into multiple trade packages in lieu of one or two large packages allows the client to take advantage of the best market price for each trade.
  • We aren’t paper pushers. Our policy of staffing our CM projects with seasoned Field Supervisors provides boots on the ground to direct and engage in solutions in the project delivery.
  • Our services do not replicate and add another layer of cost to the trade contractors’ services.

Different approaches make sense for different needs.

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Posted by Tyson at 28 August 2015

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What good is a contract or laws if it costs $ 50,000 – $ 100,0000 to go to court.

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Posted by Tyson at 28 August 2015

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Why Workers Are the Key to Construction Industry SuccessThe debate about when construction will rebound is over. Sure, fluctuations still happen month to month. But compared to a few years ago, building is back, in all forms. According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) August 17 report, “Components measuring current and future home sales also rose to or remained at new heights not seen since late 2005.”

The same can be said about commercial construction. “Nonresidential construction spending has been recovering robustly in the U.S. in recent months -­ up more than 11 percent on a year-over-year basis,” said Associated Builders and Contractors Chief Economist Anirban Basu.

Construction’s recent reboot is not without a few hiccups. A few factors stand in the way of sustained growth. And at the top of that list a labor shortage. Despite plenty of opportunities for builders and workers alike, the construction industry is increasingly shorthanded, with no relief in sight. Our friends at Sage Construction Software captured the issue in an infographic that sheds some light on the current and future states of the construction workforce. See the complete infographic from Sage Construction Software here. Then tell us what you see in store for construction in the comments below.

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Posted by Tyson at 27 August 2015

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Offshore wind energy could add 4.2 million megawatts to the generating capacity of the U.S., according to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, but the U.S. market has stalled almost completely, hindered by regulatory uncertainties, political opposition, litigation and a lack of available financing.
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Posted by Tyson at 25 August 2015

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Actions include significant DOE Commitment to support innovative technologies.
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Posted by Tyson at 24 August 2015

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Falling oil prices, political turmoil and economic disruptions from Europe to China have international firms worried; but work continued on projects such as Riyadh Metro in Saudi Arabia.
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Posted by Tyson at 24 August 2015

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Starting his career at Lev Zetlin Associates, Charles Thornton and his young colleagues went to work on unusual buildings for the 1964 World’s Fair. It was sink or swim.
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Posted by Tyson at 22 August 2015

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Farm Dinner (1)Are you are familiar with the “farm to table” concept? Last evening I had the opportunity to have dinner on a farm where the produce was grown.

I am in New England for a few days, currently in Nantucket, where we visited Bartlett’s Farm. The place is amazing. Seven generations of the Bartlett family have been farming here since the 1800s.

Every Thursday evening, they offer a chef’s long table dinner and we were lucky enough to have gotten a reservation. We started with a fire roasted pepper and mushroom salad and finished with watermelon panna cotta. Everything in between was delicious and all farm raised within sight of our dining. Beyond the nice dinner, it was a pleasure to meet new friends. Wonderful views of the Atlantic were an extra.

At dinner’s end, Chef Hudson explained a little of his creative process for our meal and the benefits and occasional challenges to working with local, seasonal produce. If you ever are on Nantucket I recommend making reservations early and promise you will enjoy.

 

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Top tips for working in construction

The building contractor business is one of the most pulsating and challenging business ventures. It demands lot of investments in terms of your energy, capital and time that is the main reason why it is very essential that you are passionately interested in this business venture.

With each passing day this arena is facing lot many changes in the techniques, equipments and style of working. You can do yourself a huge favour by seeking the right qualifications in order to have in-depth knowledge about the different dimensions of the construction business. No doubt, the reality picture tends to be different but it is always worthwhile to be well versed with the theoretical aspects in order to focus on the challenges of the actual world of work.

It will also help you in becoming more receptive of the changes and better options. You will be able to embrace the novelty easily if you remain open to its challenging nature. For that you always need to be on your toes and make sure you are well aware of the changing trend. With this attitude you will never lag in the race of being a proverbial in the construction business and lead your company towards excellence and proficiency.

Make sure you have the right tools. It's a poor craftsman who blames his tools, but it's understandable if you can't get the job done because you haven't got the equipment you need. As an example, portable hyundai generators can provide you with power when out in the field

Hence, you should seek this business option only when you think and firmly believe that it is your area of expertise. This will help you in creating better perspective and clear the expectation zone! It is important to be interested and really like the construction work in order to reap better rewards!

Once, you have set your mind in your business endeavours you need to take the first step of launching the construction business. You can also affirm your intensions and visions by joining the trade union. This step can facilitate your functioning as a proficient business venture. Moreover, the formalities, legal procedures, financial liabilities can be sorted by seeking the right guidance and information.

Most importantly, the construction arena is sure to make you more aware and concerned about the safety needs of your workers and employees. Hence, you will be giving lot of importance to safety meetings. These meeting can be taken as the right opportunity to seek awareness about the location and enforcing required rules and regulations. This is why you should never avoid or delay the safety meetings and its significance in your business. The insightful observation when blended with experience can help you get prepared for emergencies also. This also pave the way for better adjustments when require.

It is clear that this business can be crude and demanding in many respects, yet it also creates a very profitable and satisfying venture. In order to get the maximum of your business set up you need to have proper vision and clear expectations. Your attitude and working style is going to determine your success and the heights of your profits. Therefore, it is time that you open yourself to the creative and profitable ideas to ensure that your construction business is a roaring success from now on!