God is in the details – SOV

god-is-in-detailsSo how do you objectively evaluate and approve a progress claim that is accompanied with a schedule of values that contains broad categories such as concrete, windows and doors, or my favourite general requirements.

How do you know doors and windows are 50% complete? If there is only one dollar value for all doors and windows in the project, you don’t know how much the doors are versus the windows versus the hardware.  (Hopefully the hardware doesn’t cost as much as the door.) Or even the difference between the exterior doors or interior doors. These questions are a must, that you really need to ask the contractor right at the start before certifying any progress payments. Read More…

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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