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  • Technology's Impact on Lighting Systems

    December 30th, 2015 by Catie McMenamin

    LEDs offer the potential for cutting general lighting energy use almost in half by 2030.

    Technology is changing at a lightening pace these days affecting everything from how we work to how we live. Even the construction industry, known for its slow adoption of change, can’t resist this movement.

    One area of the A/E/C industry where technology is having a drastic impact is lighting systems. Not so long ago, you’d buy a light fixture, install it, then run the electrical line to it and you’re done. It’s no longer that simple. 


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  • Advantages of Design-Build Approach

    December 8th, 2015 by Kristin Darvish

    Design-Build (D-B) is a project delivery system that includes planning, design and construction under one contract. D-B is the idea of partnering the right team, from the start, to help get to a completed project successfully and provide the highest satisfaction to the Client/Owner. Basically it’s like putting together any sports team. You pick teammates you know you can collaborate with, trust, lean on for support and ultimately win the game with. Design-Build has many advantages to ensuring a successful completed project when working together as a team.    

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  • Advantages of using prefabrication on my construction project

    October 30th, 2015 by Catie McMenamin

    The biggest barrier to greater use of prefabrication on construction projects is the design and construction culture. Typically the project is designed, then the team may – or may not – look to see if any elements may be prefabricated. Many more opportunities for prefabrication may be considered if evaluated during the design phase.

    Prefabrication can bring many advantages to a construction project including a shorter project schedule, better safety and better quality control.

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  • Construction 101: 14 More Construction Acronyms Owners Need to Know

    October 13th, 2015 by Catie McMenamin

    We use a lot of acronyms in the A/E/C industry. We’ve already covered 14 common ones but there are so many, here are 14 more. 

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  • The Basics of Lean Construction

    July 30th, 2015 by Catie McMenamin

    Lean construction is an “it” term in construction right now. And for good reason: it works. Lean construction is not a new concept. It stems from The Last Planner System (LPS), which was developed in the 1980s to improve the predictability and reliability of construction production.

    Since the 1960s construction productivity has steadily declined. Forty to fifty percent of construction projects are behind schedule and over budget, according to FMI’s Sixth Annual Survey of Construction Owners. The biggest costs impacting construction today are the inefficiencies built into the way projects are run and managed.

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  • 5 Tips to Uncover Hidden Savings in Your Construction Budget

    July 16th, 2015 by Dave Seermon

    Are you spending more money on your construction project than you need to be?

    When a project is in the final estimating stages, there are a multitude of last minute adjustments to the construction documents to attempt to capture a scope of work that satisfies the Owner’s wishes and budget. 

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  • This Is Not a News Page Disguised as a Blog!

    June 16th, 2015 by Catie McMenamin

    Yes, we’ve created a blog.

    No, it is not a self-promoting, news page like we’ve seen on many other company websites. (We would have created a news page for that!)

    It is a place for us to share industry insights, trends and best practices.

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  • 11 Benefits of Creating a Construction Schedule before Work Starts

    June 3rd, 2015 by Norm Fournier

    The Construction Industry Institute (CII) conducted a study and found that a positive, quantifiable relationship exists between the effort expended during the pre-project planning phase and the ultimate success of a project. A properly prepared schedule will yield many benefits for all team members.


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  • Quality Control in Construction: Conducting Field Inspections (Part 5 of 5)

    May 12th, 2015 by Catie McMenamin

    We’ve talked a lot about quality control in previous blog posts. It’s kind of a big deal to us, and if you’ve hired us to work on your building project, it must be to you too. We have one more topic to cover on the process: conducting field inspections during and after the installation of the work. This cuts down on punchlist work and minimizes callbacks after the work is complete.

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  • What’s The Optimal Project Delivery Method For My Next Project?

    March 12th, 2015 by Ray Caruso

    Building Owners can often improve the results they get from the design and construction process if they reconsider their project delivery choices.  The three most common delivery methods are:

    • Design-Bid-Build
    • Construction Management
    • Design/Build

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