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Let’s look at the cost of construction for a typical residential project, where is the money? The process begins with design, Architects, engineers, consultants all need to bring your idea to life. 100% of the cost associated with the design is labor. The business will have overhead expenses but what is being paid for is…

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Logistics defines everything you do, more specifically your success or failure, timing the finish of the burgers with the cooking of the corn is only successful if you are not willing to serve raw burgers, it comes down to planning and execution – Logistics! Think about your business, logistics is what can make or break…

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Management in general and specifically in project management is a focus on anticipating problems and then solving them before they happen. This will not prevent the occurrence but will serve to manage the incident in a sane manner. Depending on your management role your anticipation view will vary, the higher in management, the longer your…

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Clients want the best price, we all do, so when it comes to sending a project out to bid contractors are pushed into an interesting dilemma. Do we tell the client what they want to hear or what it will cost? Most small projects do not come with a full set of architectural plans, so…

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Customers do not see it as their job to ensure that manufacturers make a profit. Most American and European companies set their prices by adding up costs and then putting a profit margin on top. And then, as soon as they have introduced the product or service, they have to start cutting the price, have…

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In practice the Design/Bid/Build model was never functional but evolved from commercial practices as the only model available. D/B/B at its core contains the three elements of any contract or project; value, cost and time. · Design establishes the value the project objective · Bid objectifies the cost of the work · Build is the…

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The project schedule is an important and too often overlooked tool. A lot of time is put into preparing the schedule, sometimes for show, other times to meet contractual obligations. But, if contractual, why is it required? Too often the clients do not understand it, the superintendent ignores it and it rarely gets reviewed or…

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If you are a Builder, Remodeler or General Contractor you are in the project management business, you just happen to manage construction. We live and die one project at a time, so how you manage your project is how you manage your business because that is your business. We work ourselves out of work, one…

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Do you head up the building committee on the club board or Is your HOA planning a substantial project for the community, are you stumbling as how to get the project off the ground? Associations are the classic clients in need of a construction consultant or owner’s Rep. Let me guess. 1. Your role on…

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