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“The greatest waste in all of our earth, which cannot be recycled or reclaimed, is our waste of the time, that God has given us each day.”  Billy Graham







Construction Management  

  • defining the development or construction project for the owner;
  • capturing project requirements, specifying quality of the deliverable's, estimating resources and timescales;
  • preparing a business case to justify investment;
  • developing and implementing a management plan for the project;
  • leading design and motivating the project delivery team;
  • managing the risks, issues and changes on the project;
  • monitoring progress against plan;
  • managing the project budget;
  • construction management;
  • closeout project.


It’s common knowledge that fast-tracked construction comes with scheduling and logistical risks, even for a single-building project. At the $1-billion Metropolis mixed-use development under construction in Los Angeles—with four towers and a podium on a 6.3-acre site, three overlapping construction phases and two different building teams—successful fast-tracking also depends on intense cross-team coordination.

“The project is so large, we wanted to minimize the risk, so we selected two general contractors instead of one,” says John Wong, project executive for AECOM/Tishman, project manager for the entire 4.1-million-sq-ft development. “There is less financial risk and performance risk” with two contractors, he adds.







planning and construction news

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Injunction Halting Federal Overtime Rule Draws Praise, Criticism

The decision is third injunction issued by a Texas court on a range of Labor Dept. regulations.



Tue, 29 Nov 2016 13:24:00 -0500


The Ultimate Data Backup System

Insuring our data integrity and permanence is possible, for a price, but there is a system that does it exceedingly well, at no charge.



Fri, 25 Nov 2016 11:00:00 -0500


How to Measure for Pursuit of Profitable Construction Work Only

Project failures don’t just happen. Failed projects are deliberately sought out and pursued by overeager contractors.



Wed, 23 Nov 2016 10:37:00 -0500


Product Snapshot: Distance Meter and Wheel Loader
The DigiRoller Plus III measuring wheel can measure distances and calculate area, volume and perimeters based on stored data.

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 15:10:00 -0500


How Mixed Reality May Change Construction Work
The worker pulls on his tool belt and snaps down the visor of his headset.

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 14:28:00 -0500


Council on Tall Buildings Is Bigger, Healthier Than Ever

In the decade since Antony Wood became executive director of the 47-year-old Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, membership has increased by 539%, the annual budget has increased to $5 million from about $225,000, and the staff has increased to the equivalent of 31 full-time positions from only two, according to the Chicago-based CTBUH.



Wed, 16 Nov 2016 10:45:00 -0500


Construction Hopes for Final WRDA in Lame Duck
Before the Trump administration takes office and the new Congress convenes, lawmakers have unfinished business to deal with in a lame-duck session.

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 10:30:00 -0500


Viewpoint: Dispelling Myths About Lean Construction

When I met John Shook, one of the world’s leading lean management experts in Boston at the Lean Construction Institute Congress in 2015, a colleague asked him how far the construction industry in the U.S. has come with lean construction after 17 years.



Tue, 15 Nov 2016 15:51:00 -0500


Product Snapshot: Heated Tool Storage and Upgraded Motor Grader

The Thermosteel tool chest features heated storage compartments that can be kept heated in cold weather.



Tue, 15 Nov 2016 14:33:00 -0500


Tougher Trucks Target Construction
Fueled by the never-ending need to bolster the bottom line, contractors now can take advantage of a host of recent developments in work trucks, from lighter frames to increasingly high-tech telematics.

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 14:05:00 -0500


Panel Envisioning Tech Path Forward Sees Bumps But Is Optimistic

A panel challenged to envision the path forward for technology development serving the construction of buildings and facilities sees lots of roadwork ahead, but expresses optimism about progress.



Wed, 09 Nov 2016 18:00:00 -0500


What Contractors Can Get in Soft Pollution Liability Insurance Market
Pollution insurance for contractors has never been cheaper, with prices down 50% in the past five years, say brokers and contractors.

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 12:59:00 -0400


Bentley Consolidates Road Design Suite as Part of a Broad Lift to Connected Cloud
Bentley Systems announces ‘Open Roads’ to consolidate civil brands and also describes its intent to link its cloud services platform with that of Topcon's and others for seamless data exchange

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 11:01:00 -0400


Court Halts 'Blacklisting' Rule for Federal Contractors
An Obama administration rule that would require federal contractors and subcontractors to disclose past labor-law violations puts the contractor groups and organized labor at odds.

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 10:15:00 -0400


Product Snapshot: Concrete Saw and Crawler Crane
The Medusaw is designed for concrete cutting applications.

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 10:10:00 -0400
 



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california construction news

Latest Top (25) News


Trade Contractors Report Strong Revenue Growth

Specialty contractors in California extended their hot streak in 2015.



Tue, 22 Nov 2016 13:20:00 -0500


Snapshot: California
This shot from the 399 Fremont project in San Francisco—a 2016 ENR Best Project in the residential/hospitality category—is one of Kevin Shea’s favorites.

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 12:41:00 -0500


Pulse: California
Project News From Dodge Data & Analytics

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 12:24:00 -0500


People: California
Updates About Construction Professionals

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 12:04:00 -0500


City Scoop: San Jose

“We are seeing a game-changing rebirth,” Michelle Ney says.



Mon, 21 Nov 2016 15:19:00 -0500


Cantilevers, Base Isolation Add Complexity to Stanford Hospital
The $5-billion renewal of the Stanford University Medical Center in highly seismic Palo Alto is rich with the demands of all health care facility expansions.

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 14:51:00 -0500


The Raymond Group Named Specialty Contractor of Year

The skyscraper-studded Los Angeles skyline is emblematic of the growth and diversification of the city’s enterprises.



Fri, 18 Nov 2016 14:49:00 -0500


Communities Benefit from California Best Projects
A jury of local architects, engineers, contractors and owners cited achievement in building and infrastructure projects that provided essential services to the California and Hawaii region.

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:45:00 -0400


Project of the Year, Southern California - The Broad
Builder, businessman and philanthropist Eli Broad wanted his signature museum to be more than just another new building in Los Angeles’ Cultural District.

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:42:00 -0400


Project of the Year, Northern California - Samsung America Headquarters (Device Solutions)

In aiming to create a flexible, collaborative and sustainable campus for its U.S.-based headquarters, Samsung set an ambitious goal—no employee in the 10-story tower would be more than one level away from an outdoor garden space.



Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:40:00 -0400


People: California

Michael Baker International appointed Don Sepulveda as vice president and rail and transit practice lead for the firm’s West region, based in Los Angeles.



Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:45:00 -0400


Water/Environment Award of Merit - New Irvington Tunnel Project
As a vital part of San Francisco’s Hetch Hetchy Regional Water System, the 1930s-era Irvington Tunnel supplies approximately 85% of the city’s water.

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:45:00 -0400


Water/Environment Best Project - Claude "Bud" Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant

The Claude “Bud” Lewis facility was the first large-scale seawater desalination plant to be built in California, and the largest of its kind in the Western Hemisphere.



Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:35:00 -0400


Sports/Entertainment Award of Merit - Petersen Automotive Museum

Last December, auto enthusiasts saw the made-over Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles for the first time after a $125-million renovation made the once-boxy building as striking as the hot rods and vintage cars it houses.



Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:24:00 -0400


Sports/Entertainment Best Project - The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
To create the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, the project team not only had to carefully plan out every step of the design and construction, but they also had to have fun doing it.

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:45:00 -0400


Specialty Construction Best Project - Transbay Transit Center Below Grade Concrete Package
For the $2.26-billion Transbay Transit Center in downtown San Francisco, Shimmick Construction coordinated construction up and around a temporary access trestle and four levels of shoring struts and wales.

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:40:00 -0400


Specialty Construction Best Project - San Diego Zoo Parking Structure
To construct this parking structure, the McCarthy-led design-build team worked with the zoo for more than three years, conducting a feasibility study that looked at eight parking structure options, location possibilities as well as budgets and schedules.

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:30:00 -0400


Small Project Award of Merit - Stormwater Basin and Treatment Wetlands Enhancement
The $3.7-million project was developed to reduce bacteria levels in the city of Torrance’s Herondo Drain by improving water quality in three stormwater basins.

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:00:00 -0400


Small Project Best Project - LAX T6 Wolfgang Puck Food Court
Not only was the Wolfgang Puck Food Court delivered under budget and ahead of schedule, but the facility was constructed inside of a busy, fully operating airport terminal, with thousands of passengers and staff passing the jobsite every day.

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:45:00 -0400


Residential Best Project - Biola University Blackstone Residence Hall
Constructed on the last available parcel of campus land, the Blackstone Residence Hall was squeezed between a major college entrance, a busy street and two existing structures, with no green space on the site.

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:30:00 -0400


Residential Best Project - 399 Fremont
Despite a force majeure port slowdown that hampered procurement of a Chinese curtain wall, German cabinets and Italian window-washing equipment, San Francisco’s 399 Fremont finished nearly two months early.

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:00:00 -0400


Renovation Best Project - CBRE Masonic Temple
Empty for 30 years, the eight-story Masonic Temple in Glendale, Calif., is now a spacious, productive office workplace that balances contemporary needs, current building standards and styles with the original 20th-century Art Deco features.

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:45:00 -0400


Renovation Award of Merit San Francisco War Memorial Veterans Building Seismic Upgrade & Improvements
The War Memorial—comprised of the Veterans Building and the Opera House, both Beaux-Arts structures built in the 1930s—houses a theater and office space.

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:30:00 -0400


Renovation Best Project - Bay Area Metro Center
Initially built in 1942 by the federal government as an assembly plant for armored vehicles, this eight-story, 525,000-sq-ft building in downtown San Francisco was transformed into modern and seismically resilient office spaces for government agencies and other tenants.

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:20:00 -0400


415 Mathilda OffRenovation Award of Merit - 415 Mathilda Office Buildingice Building
A 40-year-old, concrete tilt-up racquetball facility in Sunnyvale has been transformed into a two-story, net-zero-energy office building.

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:10:00 -0400