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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September 9, 2015
Should Estimating Be a Core Competency for Federal Building Personnel?

Implementation of the Federal Building Personnel Training Act (FBPTA) continues to evolve, with a 2014 update to the defined competencies being supported by ever-broadening course options from a variety of providers.   One gap in the FBPTA competency map may be cost estimating.  One of the key tenets of FBPTA is the ability to achieve cost savings in the federal building portfolio by better educating those who are managing it. There is perhaps no competency that can help achieve cost savings better than the proactive management of costs made possible by strong cost estimating skills.    

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