“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.

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Top 600 Specialty Contractors Had a Good Year

The construction market has been growing steadily for the past six years, and, for large specialty contractors, things are looking up.

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 15:45:00 -0400

Port of Seattle Reveals Design of New International Facility
An expansive walkway over taxiways is the highlight of the planned new International Arrivals Facility at Sea-Tac International Airport, south of Seattle.

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 14:00:00 -0400

Construction Innovation Workshop Opens in Boston

Fifteen guest builders-in-residence are taking advantage of new workshop and design space in Boston’s Seaport Innovation District.

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 12:35:00 -0400

Hurricane Matthew's Floodwaters Drain, Slowly
In the wake of Hurricane Matthew’s assault on the East Coast, floods continue to isolate large portions of eastern North Carolina.

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 12:30:00 -0400

Hoboken Terminal Opens After Train Crash Repairs
Hoboken terminal train service fully resumed on Oct. 17, following damage from last month’s accident.

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 12:15:00 -0400

Nevada Seeks NFL Franchise; Fast-Tracks Road Projects
The Nevada Dept. of Transportation will shuffle its Las Vegas-area highway construction plan in order to fast-track infrastructure needed to support a proposed new stadium for the NFL’s Oakland Raiders’ potential relocation to Las Vegas.

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 12:10:00 -0400

Product Snapshot: Plier Wrench and Zero-Tail-Swing Excavator
Snap-On has introduced six new plier wrenches ranging from 83⁄16 in. to 413⁄4 in. in length.

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 11:39:00 -0400

Industry Weighs in With Cash in U.S. Campaigns
In an election in which the two presidential candidates are presenting starkly different views about governing approaches, many construction groups are keeping low profiles in the top contest, focusing attention—and resources—on congressional races.

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 11:30:00 -0400

Libertarians' Hope Gary Johnson Has Construction Roots
Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party candidate for president, started a New Mexico mechanical contracting firm in the 1970s whose later sale made him a millionaire.

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 11:30:00 -0400

Pulse Project News for the Week of Oct. 24, 2017
Project News from Dodge Data & Analytics

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 11:23:00 -0400

Seattle Convention Center Project Gets New Contractor, Set for 2017 Start

The $1.6-billion Washington State Convention Center expansion project in downtown Seattle has a new contractor and a clear path toward the start of construction in 2017, while development on the Pacific Northwest’s largest hotel continues next door.

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 11:13:00 -0400

Tennessee DOT Reviewing Troublesome I-440 Rehab

Interstate 440, a seven-mile stretch of highway in Nashville that opened in 1987, underwent a $9-million rehabilitation in 2009.

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 10:56:00 -0400

US-Canada Softwood Lumber Dispute May Heat Up
The long bilateral battle over Canadian softwood lumber exports to the U.S. may be heading for another critical point.

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 10:50:00 -0400

Work to Resume on Dakota Pipeline
Energy Transfer Partners says it hopes to resume construction soon on a portion of the Dakota Access crude-oil pipeline, located on private lands east and west of Lake Oahe in North Dakota.

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 10:45:00 -0400

Agreement Reached on Hydrofluorocarbon Phase-Out
Nearly 200 countries have agreed to cut the production and use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)—used in refrigerants and cooling and ventilation systems—by more than 80% over the next 80 years.

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 10:40:00 -0400

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Latest Top (25) News

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

Manufacturing Best Project - ALDI Regional Headquarters and Distribution Center
When ALDI decided to expand to the West Coast with a new regional headquarters and distribution center, the company wanted this large-scale facility to also be sustainable.

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

Landscape/Urban Development Best Project - African Adventure at Fresno Chaffee Zoo
To create this 13-acre exhibit in Fresno—thought to be the most naturalistic African savanna exhibit of any North American urban zoo—the project team had to overcome jobsite logistical challenges at the more than 100-year-old public park, create an authentic environment with natural components and precision woodworking, and coordinate a detailed schedule to accommodate animals, visitors and staff.

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:45:00 -0400

Interior/Tenant Improvement Award of Merit - Barneys Union Square
The project relocated the menswear and accessories sections of the flagship Barneys store at Union Square in downtown San Francisco to a more than 100-year-old building next door.

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:30:00 -0400

K-12 Education Best Project - Crossroads School Science Education & Research Facility
Featuring an urban vibe complementary with other community and campus structures, the three-story creative learning environment includes 25,000 sq ft of classrooms, teacher preparatory spaces, labs, a rooftop teaching garden and exposed mechanical systems, which dual-task as a teaching tool.

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:00:00 -0400

Highway/Bridge Award of Merit - Highway 101/Route 116 Lakeville Interchange
The $23.6-million Lakeville Interchange project widened the southbound overcrossing for Highway 101 and Route 116, replaced the northbound overcrossing and reconstructed ramps, retaining walls and soundwalls.

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:45:00 -0400

Highway/Bridge Best Project - Caltrans I-215 Bi-County HOV Gap Closure
Stretching 7.5 miles from San Bernardino to Riverside, this project closes a gap in high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes on Interstate 215 between the busy I-10 and I-605 freeways, giving Southern California 500 miles of continuous HOV lanes.

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:30:00 -0400

Higher Education Award of Merit - California State University East Bay Warren Hall Replacement Building

The original 13-story Warren Hall was the most seismically vulnerable building on the Cal State campus, and in just 12 seconds, the more than 40-year-old building and a two-story bridge connected to the main library were safely imploded.

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:10:00 -0400