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April 9, 2015
The Value of a Construction Manager - Part 1

The New York City Department of Education has used its JOC process since 1996 to procure thousands of construction, HVAC, plumbing and electrical projects. The NYCDOE is the largest public school in the U.S., with 1.1 million students, and over 1,200 school buildings and other facilities to maintain. The DOE completed over 1,000 JOC projects every year, with a focus on modernization and renovation projects.  As a Gordian Construction Manager, I act as a liaison between the DOE, the contractor and the school in which the work is to be completed, right from the start of the project.  

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March 19, 2015
Spring Ahead in Construction Project Planning

If the construction calendar were laid out on a timeline graph, it would likely resemble a bell curve, with the bulk of construction work  

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March 12, 2015
Wise Spending at Fiscal Year End

Many times a facility manager receives their budget for the year at the beginning of their Fiscal Year (FY). This budget may include set-aside funding for repair, maintenance or small construction projects.  

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February 19, 2015
Shrinking Budgets, Growing Needs

Lower budgets have become a reality for many in the public and private sectors. Local and state government agencies, school districts, universities, hospitals and others have struggled with trying to accomplish as much as possible with fewer financial resources. Making sure that you’re using the most efficient methods possible is one way to stretch dollars without sacrificing quality.   

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January 22, 2015
Reducing the Impact of Change Orders

Change orders remain one of the most frustrating issues in the construction industry, seeming to sneak up on owners and contractors to spike costs and prolong project schedules. Even when all financial and planning systems are in order, a last-minute alteration can throw everything out of sync, leaving decision-makers feeling like they have no other choice but to throw more money at the project to keep it on schedule. On average, change orders account for approximately 8-14% of all capital construction dollars. 24% of the time change orders account for over 10% of the total project costs. 

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