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 OP COMMERCIAL 01By Ken Slavens 

Because no engineer or architect can design every detail of a project, the design of certain elements may be delegated to you, the contractor, and those under your contractual umbrella. This allows those with more knowledge and greater expertise to design certain components, but it can also make you liable when things go wrong. That’s why submittals, and the process by which they are reviewed and approved, are so important. 
 

 NEW YORK BUILD 01The New York Build 2018 construction and design expo celebrates successes.

New York Build 2018, the leading construction and design expo in New York City and the state of New York, showcased the finest talent in the sector and connected visitors with the leading contractors, developers, architects, government and other construction industry professionals March 19-20 at the Javits Center.  

There were more than 15,000 total registered attendees. Of that number, more than 3,000 registered for the women in construction panel, more than 700 registered for the minority and women-owned business (M/WBE) panel and networking session and nearly 650 registered for the NYC Construction Awards.

 NEW AIA DOCUMENTS 01The AIA's new owner-contractor documents, explained. 

By James M. Doerfler

Many business executives eagerly await the latest smartphone upgrade to take advantage of the latest features and improvements.  However, these same executives are often reluctant to update their foundational commercial construction documents.This could be a mistake. Like improvements in smartphones, the 2017 upgrades to the suite of owner-contractor agreements and other form construction contracts published by the industry-leading American Institute of Architects (AIA), the first such major update in 10 years, contains a host of improvements, many of which individually might seem small but collectively represent a substantial upgrade. 

 OP CIVILBy Dr. Sergey Sundukovskiy 

Litigation is an ever-present threat for construction firms and businesses. All the hiccups that can occur during a complex construction project — such as delays, accidents, miscommunications, or unkept promises — put a contractor at risk from lawsuits filed by unhappy stakeholders.

Protecting yourself from litigation is time-consuming. Litigation-proofing your construction business involves building a solid foundation of supporting data that meticulously documents the events, milestones and mishaps of a project. This can involve hundreds or thousands of emails, orders, schedules, plans, and photographs.  

 ECONOMIC OUTLOOK 01The U.S. construction outlook is as bright as it seems. 

By Nathan Fisher

In business, there is such a thing as a good problem to have. For those in the construction industry who feel like business is booming, it might be because they find themselves declining to bid on good projects, grappling with work/life balance or struggling to hire enough of the right staff. But is the current U.S. construction boom just a feeling, or is the outlook as strong as it seems? According to economic data and your peers in the construction industry, the answer for now is yes. 

 BUILDING SKINS 01Building skin failures can be avoided.   

By Jeffrey C.F. Ng, Jennifer Keegan and Matthew Ridgway

Building skin failures generally stem from materials, components or assemblies that do not comply with project requirements, building codes or industry standards. They are objective, observable and measurable, becoming apparent throughout a building’s use and operation or through simulated testing. This means failures can be assessed, predicted, managed and mitigated.

 BECK TECH 01Collaboration is critical to growing innovation. 

By Michael Boren 

Problem solving is one of my favorite activities. Recently, I’ve gotten into creating custom cabinetry as a weekend hobby. Sketching designs, calculating the amount of material needed, and making sure all the tools are nearby is a regular occurrence around my house. However, I’m a hobbyist at this art form. Often, I ask other people on how to best approach a specific nook or cranny detail.

Modular articleYou can use technology for increased flexibility and profit.  

By Paul Jakse

In the May 16, 2012, article for Construction Today, the Modular Building Institute’s Executive Director Tom Hardiman voiced the institute’s desire to enhance awareness and reputation of modular buildings both in the United States and beyond. It worked. Demand for high quality, modular buildings has started to increase according to a May 2015 Global Industry Analysts Inc. report. Many sectors including government, corporate, education, construction, retail and residential account for the upswing. Google uses modular buildings, as does Yale University. Hotel News Now reports more hotel chains are using modular vs. stick-built construction, with modular increasing by 31 percent according to a 2015 Permanent Modular Building report. The up-trending retail pop-up store phenomenon, reported by TREND HUNTER Inc., is another example of growing opportunities.  

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