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Changing colors

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Suppose you are working for a Fortune 500 corporate client, designing a new renovation to their head office in New York. They call Saturday night, with a design emergency. They inform you of the new Spring and Summer 2015 Pantone Fashion Color report and want to change the colour of the reception feature wall to the new and incredible Lucite Green. Construction is already underway, what do you do now?

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Architect’s role: Renaissance man or contract administrator?

As an architect do you sometimes dream that you are the modern day master builder, the renaissance man? Do you see yourself as the one person in charge of every aspect of planning and constructing a modern work of architecture?  Is it just like the movies where your creative inspiration and design will lead you to fame and fortune? A word of advice to the wise – keep these dreams a secret if you’re on a construction site.

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It’s contract administration not construction management

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Is there is a difference between contract administration and construction management? There is, and if you work in the construction industry then you should know that difference and so should everyone else, in particular the architect, the owner and the contractor. However, this is not always the case so let’s dig a little deeper into these often confused terms.

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Three essential tips for managing shop drawings

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Often, what makes architectural design stand out are the little details. For example, one small place to splurge might be the front door hardware.  What if you specified a beautiful custom made Rocky Mountain Hardware entry set and knocker? Be careful! If you happen to take your eye off the ball for a minute and those door hardware shop drawings are late or never submitted the design is going to suffer. The GC might insist that they were provided, but what can you do if there is no transmittal to record the transactions? Pray that you don’t end up having to get something off the shelf at the local hardware store and end up losing the true value of what was specified, for a major design disappointment. See our following three tips to help you manage and keep your shop drawing process organized.

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