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4 ways to foster creative thinking in your construction business

3/3/2017 at 10:51 am by

Construction has never been more complicated and demanding. And the need for creative solutions has never been more necessary. Yet the craziness, constraints, and complexity of today’s construction office and job site can often cause employees—and management—to fall back into old habits that aren’t necessarily the most productive. Creativity goes out the window in these…

How to stop the brain drain in construction

3/1/2017 at 11:23 am by

In the words of singer and songwriter Bob Dylan, “the times they are a changin’” when it comes to today’s workforce. These words especially hold true for long-held beliefs about older workers. As I mentioned in my previous post, people are working longer—and not just because they have to. That’s good news for a construction…

Need workers? One source you may not be considering

2/23/2017 at 12:57 pm by

When I talk with contractors about how they are handling today’s shortage of skilled workers, most are actively targeting younger generations. They are tapping into local trade schools and colleges, recruiting even before students have graduated. Long-term approaches are also prevalent as contractors work with youth programs such as the ACE Mentor program to get…

“Hidden” obligations: Don’t let contract documents catch you by surprise

2/20/2017 at 3:58 am by

When a hurricane struck a job site causing partly installed tilt-up construction panels to collapse, suit was brought for professional malpractice by the owner against his architect. The architect countered that this aspect of the project was not his responsibility and that it was more an engineering issue. To support his contention, the architect showed…

Construction contracts: Pay attention to the preamble

2/16/2017 at 2:32 pm by

I recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of a subcontractor who hadn’t been paid. The prime contractor named in the suit countered, saying that the company name listed in the contract’s preamble wasn’t the right company. When we looked into it, we found that the prime contractor had three nearly identical names, and the proper…

Construction, pick-up lines, and economics

2/13/2017 at 5:58 pm by

I had no idea that the Baltic Dry Index could be used as a pick-up line back in the day! Who knew? Anirban Basu, chief economist for the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), spoke recently on construction-related economic conditions during a Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) event at Sage offices in Beaverton, Oregon. Basu recounted…

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