Blogs (71)


Project Compaction: Not Just for Soil

by Letsfixconstruction.com

I sat through a pre-construction meeting via conference call today to go over the ins...


Caution: Flooring and High Fly Ash In Concrete

by Letsfixconstruction.com

Is there a problem with flooring glued to concrete with a high fly ash content? Fly a...


Misconception Series—Drawings, Specs Are Complementary

by Letsfixconstruction.com

Recently, I was preparing a masonry architectural specification section for a remodel...


Floored: Advance Actions Assure Acceptable Conditions

by Letsfixconstruction.com

The flooring industry is constantly challenged by the same repeating issues: installi...


Developing Specifications With a Partner Firm

by Bob Bailey, AIA, CCS

Many firms find themselves at some point partnered with another firm on a project tha...


Is All of Construction on a Fast Track?

by Letsfixconstruction.com

While hosting a Let’s Fix Construction workshop at the 2018 AIA Conference in New Yor...


Why We Shouldn’t Try to Change the Image of Construction

by Letsfixconstruction.com

For as long as I’ve been involved in and around the construction industry, there’s be...


Everyone Needs Coaching, Mentoring

by Letsfixconstruction.com

It is a growing trend for busy professionals to spend some time each week with a coac...


Architects Have a Duty of Professional Service

by Letsfixconstruction.com

There is some misunderstanding, both inside the profession and among the population a...


Things to Consider When Dealing with Submittals

by Bob Bailey, AIA, CCS

Submittals are the bridge between contract documents and construction. They are also ...


Financial Safety: Insurance, Bonds, Warranties

by Letsfixconstruction.com

Construction insurance, bonds and warranties are among the most confusing and inscrut...


The Misconception Series: Gypsum Board

by Letsfixconstruction.com

Misconceptions can be found across the spectrum, in every product category and in eve...


Educating the Young Professionals

by Letsfixconstruction.com

I have become more and more aware of an area where our young professionals are being ...


Correlation and Intent in Contract Documents

by Letsfixconstruction.com

Although it didn't seem like it at the time, one of the best parts of my CSI chapter'...


Writing Specifications in a Vacuum

by Bob Bailey, AIA, CCS

A 19th century Scotsman said, “Do not isolate yourself. Be among men and things, and ...


Construction Costs Unknown

by Letsfixconstruction.com

When architects begin with the design concept as the primary driver, or if they have ...


What Don’t You Know?

by Letsfixconstruction.com

In my humble opinion, the best way to fix something is to learn what you don’t know. ...


Delegated Design: Where Does the Buck Stop?

by Bob Bailey, AIA, CCS

With the increased use of delegated design in construction projects, questions have a...


Does Paint Make the Drywall?

by Letsfixconstruction.com

When you think about painting drywall in commercial structures, everyone is a critic ...


Team Spec: Communication is Key

by Letsfixconstruction.com

Are you communicating with your specifier during construction administration? Are you...


Steel Back Your Specification

by Letsfixconstruction.com

Many factors must be considered when a design specifies cold-formed steel framing mem...


Assessing ‘arc’: Is it a Win?

by Robert J. Kobet, AIA

Before I get into the discussion of the U.S. Green Building Council’s new technology ...


Construction Needs a Fix

by Letsfixconstruction.com

Our biggest challenge comes from working in a bubble. It comes from only seeing thing...


Ways to Get Motivated in a Coatings Career

by V.C. "Bud" Jenkins

Motivation can be described as recognizing a need for something and then taking steps...


The Good, the Bad, and the Unique

by Bob Bailey, AIA, CCS

“In a highly commoditized world, the name of the game is creating something unique, s...


Office Master Specs: 5 Things to Consider

by Bob Bailey, AIA, CCS

Perhaps the best argument for creating and maintaining an office master spec is to ha...


Steps to Assessing Concrete Structures

by Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc.

An assessment of a concrete structure to evaluate existing conditions and determine c...


7 Tips for Writing a Spec Section from Scratch

by Bob Bailey, AIA, CCS

For those of you who frequently write construction specifications, the time will come...


Q&A with GSA’s Sustainability Architect

by Robert J. Kobet, AIA

This post offers a glimpse into the U.S. General Services Administration's work invol...


Checklist for Evaluating Stone Durability

by Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc.

Stone, in general, is considered a durable material; however, not all stones are as d...


7 Areas Where Construction Conflicts Can Arise

by Bob Bailey, AIA, CCS

Many construction projects are rife with potentially overlapping trade responsibiliti...


5 Winter Challenges Buildings Face

by Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc.

This first blog written by Logan Cook of Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc. includ...


Why I Love Green Building Science

by Robert J. Kobet, AIA

One of the great things about being involved in the green building movement is the en...


Millennials: A Good Bet for Construction

by FMI

Now is the time to start incorporating a millennial-focused recruitment strategy for ...


Groups Respond to Call for Green Code

by Robert J. Kobet, AIA

In a deal nearly two years in the making, the International Code Council (ICC) and AS...


New Leaders for LEED: What Will Change?

by Robert J. Kobet, AIA

USGBC was founded 22 years ago with a governance structure appropriate for a U.S.-bas...


Facility Manager’s Rx for Building Success

by Bob Bailey, AIA, CCS

Maybe you just joined a health-care facility and are taking on a new construction pro...


Best Practices: Make Room for Daddy

by FMI

The construction industry has a unique culture and a rich history steeped in predicta...


Sales is Not a Dirty Word

by FMI

No one wants to be called a salesperson—regardless of their position in the company. ...


'Green' According to Whom?

by Robert J. Kobet, AIA

The ongoing evolution of green building rating systems has intensified debate over a ...


When Best Practices Go Bad

by FMI

Many times, companies develop best practices and implement them poorly. This can resu...


Beyond Cost: Pricing for Value

by FMI

In today’s market, many contractors assume that there are no longer opportunities to ...


Gen Y: The New Face of Construction

by FMI

From the field to the boardroom, the construction industry has a deepening labor shor...


Murphy’s Laws of Spec Writing
(With Apologies to Murphy)

by Bob Bailey, AIA, CCS

We all know Murphy’s Law: "Anything that can go wrong, will." Over the years, there h...


LEED’s Great Idea: Will It Work?

by Robert J. Kobet, AIA

For all of its global success as the fastest-growing not-for-profit organization in h...


From Loyal Employees, Loyal Clients

by FMI

Today’s business environment is very different from six years ago, when the pace of e...


5 Things About Specs You Need to Know

by Bob Bailey, AIA, CCS

Last post, I wrote, “We can’t know everything about every material, product, assembly...


Doing What You Promised, on Time

by FMI

So many people are urging contractors to refrain from the cliché “on time, on schedul...


Should Human Rights
Influence LEED Certification?

by Robert J. Kobet, AIA

The FIFA World Soccer championships are underway in Brazil, and the U.S. Green Buildi...


What Good Reps Know (and You May Not)

by Bob Bailey, AIA, CCS

So that you don’t think my previous post was a screed against manufacturers and their...


Technology Trips on the Generation Gap

by FMI

Time management is critical in design and construction, from conception to completion...


Building a Better, Stronger Contract

by FMI

Few industries require the use of contracts more than construction.


You Can’t Specify ‘Exceptional’

by Bob Bailey, AIA, CCS

When I was a graduate architect just out of college and working in my first architect...


How to Hire, and Keep, the Right People

by FMI

In his book Good to Great, Jim Collins noted, “The old adage ‘People are your ...


Get Them While They’re Young

by FMI

As the construction industry rebounds with the growing economy, the search for talent...


Win the Right Work

by FMI

Chasing a lot of work these days? Who isn’t? But some teams are so busy chasing work ...


5 Ways to Get a Leg up on LEED

by Robert J. Kobet, AIA

I am fortunate to have practiced internationally throughout my career in sustainable ...


Getting Paid—On Time, Without Drama

by FMI

Any principal of a construction firm will tell you that cash is king. There is little...


‘I’m Simply Painting Some Concrete…’

by Burt Olhiser

Coating new concrete is a simple matter, correct? All you need to do is use a manufac...


‘Wait, Wait Don’t Implode,’ Judge Says

by Jill M. Speegle

Hold the explosives! A Nevada state judge has put the kibosh on plans to implode a st...


Doing Good: Enforcement’s Brighter Side

by Jill M. Speegle

When companies run afoul of environmental laws, they typically pay a fine, clean up t...


Paint on Demand: Thinking Outside the Can

by Pamela Simmons

The terms, green and sustainable are thrown around rampantly these days...


The Drywall Dilemma: Lessons Learned from the School of Finish Failures

by Burt Olhiser

The following is the first installment of a two-part discussion of a number of failur...


Managing to Prosper: Planning and Executing an Effective Game Plan

by Burt Olhiser

This is the first in what will be an ongoing series of columns in Durability + Des...


Op Art, Circa 2012: Demystifying the Hidden Secrets of the QR Code

by Pamela Simmons

D+D News published a story recently about a QR code painted on the roof of the...


The Complaint Dept.: The Agony of ‘Blocking’ and Other Tales of Woe

by Burt Olhiser

The recent endless whining and posturing by our political “leadership” on one side of...


When Is It a Good Idea To Turn Down Work?

by Burt Olhiser

My musings this month have to do with the reasons we turn down work.


Pondering this Matter of the Big-Box Era…or is it Big Headache?

by Burt Olhiser

I recently had occasion to become one of the wandering lost souls in a Big-Box DIY st...


The RRP Rule Hits Home (or, Why this Homeowner Paid More but Got More)

by Harold Hower

All this debate and discussion about the EPA’s lead-paint Renovate, Repair and Painti...


It’s Spring, When a Contractor’s Fancy Turns to Thoughts of…Marketing

by Burt Olhiser

How are you generating new business—by word of mouth? By online advertising? By listi...


Communicating about Quality in Painting Work

by Burt Olhiser

Some paint jobs are recipes for disaster-for both the contractor and the facility own...


 
 
   

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