Which Contract Document is Most Important?

Originally published: September 3, 2012Updated January 7, 2022

Construction contract documents include the Agreement, the Conditions of Contract, the Drawings, and the Specifications. Because of the legal implications, owners produce the Agreement and..

Are Safety Concerns Always On Your Mind?

Welcome to meteorological fall, or as some prefer to call it, pumpkin spice season! This month, as part of a look into the "Construction Alliance" and the "Construction Guidelines", we are going more in depth to discuss why "Safety Considerations",..

Truths About the Punch List

Last month, we talked about site visits and observations and how the Design Professional is responsible for observing the work and not inspecting the work. This month, as part of a look into the "Construction Alliance" and the "Construction Guidelines"

The Importance of Project Record Documents

Like many intern architects, one of my tasks would be to field verify existing building conditions prior to design. Sometimes easy, sometimes difficult, it always depended on whether or not there were "existing" building documents or if we had to..

Can Architectural Firms Improve Profitability?

While reading the AIA recently released "Firm Survey Report 2020[i]" and the November "Architecture Billing Index[ii]" (ABI), there were two corollary findings. First, the Firm Survey reported a decrease in profitability for 2019. The ABI reported the..

Pre-Con: The Critical Conference

Later this month, we will begin the holiday season with Thanksgiving, a great time of year to reflect and be thankful for the many gifts in our lives. Many will cook, eat, watch parades, eat, watch football, eat, visit with family and did I mention..

To Inspect or Not To Inspect....That is the Question

Last month I introduced you to the "Construction Alliance" with reference to "Classified Excavation" and left you to fend for yourself. This month we will dive into the August guideline of the month, which is "Inspection of the Construction Project"...

The Need for Speed!

What do you do when a repeat client calls you and says "I have the need, the need for speed!"? Meaning, he needs a specification in less than a week to meet its milestone commitment. Our valued client, SOSH architects, needed specifications for..

What's the Project Budget?

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Solutions for Revolutionizing the AEC Industry - Dispersed Project Teams

Do you know where your architect is? Of course you do. It is common is for project teams to be located all over the world. What is uncommon is for the architectural team members to be geographically dispersed. It is also uncommon that the project team..

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