November 19, 2015
9 Steps to a Successful Joint Scope Meeting

One of the first and most important steps to any JOC program is the Joint Scope Meeting (JSM). The JSM is designed for the facility or infrastructure owner and the contractor to discuss and develop the Detailed Scope of Work (DSOW) in a collaborative and constructive atmosphere. 

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November 12, 2015
4 Measurable Metrics for Construction Procurement

Here are a handful of key performance indicators that procurement teams should account for as they navigate their construction projects and set priorities.

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October 8, 2015
Which Project Delivery Methods Do You Use?

When a facility or infrastructure owner is ready to proceed with a construction project, the first step is choosing the appropriate delivery method. There are several different construction procurement methods that are commonly used. When choosing a delivery method, the owner should consider the important factors of cost, time, project complexity, and his or her desired level of involvement. Let’s take a look at a few of the most widely used procurement methods.

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September 24, 2015
Your Construction Playbook: How the Moves Your Make Can Affect Your Project

It’s 4th and 9, your team is down by 5, and you need a touchdown to win. And, oh yeah, there are only 3 seconds left on the clock, and you have the ball on your opponent’s 20 yard line. What do you do? Which play you call could be the difference between winning and losing.  

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September 10, 2015
How to ensure your change orders are reasonably priced

Change orders are an often unavoidable part of a construction project. Accounting for an average of approximately 8-14% of all capital construction dollars, they can contribute a sizeable amount to a project’s price tag when all is said and done.  Reasons for change orders can include unexpected site conditions, changes or errors in project designs, or an owner’s decision to change specific products, equipment or finishes. When changes come up, facility managers and contractors can get uneasy as they are now dealing with work outside of the scope of the contract. Without firm guidelines for how to price change orders, negotiations can take a lot of time and effort.   

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