Blogs (27)


Misconception Series—Drawings, Specs Are Complementary

by Letsfixconstruction.com

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


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...


Team Spec: Communication is Key

by Letsfixconstruction.com

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


Normalization of Deviance

by Warren Brand

It brought down both Space Shuttles, is responsible for the disaster at Deepwater Hor...


Construction Needs a Fix

by Letsfixconstruction.com

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


Building a Good Foundation

by V.C. "Bud" Jenkins

I was at a client’s store last week when a painting crew of five young workers came i...


6 Fundamentals of Good Roof Design

by Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc.

Roofs fail prematurely or fail to reach their rated life of approximately 20 years fo...


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...


UK Architects Sound Alarm for Space

by Jill M. Speegle

British architects say they are fed up with “tiny rabbit-hutch homes,” with the relea...


Building a Better, Stronger Contract

by FMI

Few industries require the use of contracts more than construction.


Getting Paid—On Time, Without Drama

by FMI

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


‘Competent Persons’ vs. Competence

by Simon Hope

One of the eternal problems that our industry grapples with is defining the differenc...


Business Building: Investing in ‘Yes’

by Robert Ikenberry

I’m often amazed when I watch other contractors interact with owners.


Protection from the Pressure to Paint

by Burt Olhiser

In accordance with our title, this column is a “Like It Is” effort to present common-...


New Tools Stuck in Old-School Ways

by Tim Race

In 1973, I was playing baseball for Parkside High School Eagles with Tony Dungy. That...


The Drywall Dilemma: The Rest Of The Story

by Burt Olhiser

As discussed in the first installment of this two-part article (Durability + Design, ...


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...


One for All?

by Karen Kapsanis

I recently heard that some owners change a contract by replacing an “SSPC-certified c...


Mail Pouch Tobacco: Hitting the Broad Side of 20,000+ Barns

by Pamela Simmons

Growing up in Western Pennsylvania, my family rarely took a trip when I didn’t spy at...


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...


 
 
   

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