Tuesday, December 12, 2017

3 tips to address the top causes of budget overruns

Budget overruns are, unfortunately, a fact of life for many AEC firms. According to a survey from the Zweig Group, project managers go over budget for a whopping 18% of projects.

You probably have an idea of what causes overruns at your firm, but more generally the most cited issues are communication breakdowns (according to 51% of respondents), inadequate fees for the work provided (37%), and unrealistic deadlines or schedules (37%).

Call for technical experts: Dog wash station design

We’re looking for experienced designers and builders who have installed a dog washing station in a recent project (last 12-24 months). 

We’d like to interview you to gather information for a “how-to” article in the next issue of Multifamily Design + Construction (which reaches 44,213 architects, builders, and developers in the apartment/condo field). 

Please reply (with “DOG WASH STATION" in subject line) to: Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor - rcassidy@sgcmail.com. Thanks!

A new live/work neighborhood is about to get under way in Omaha, Neb.

This spring, construction is expected to begin on the first phases of West Farm, a 500-acre, $1.2 billion live/work destination in Omaha, Neb., that, when built out over the next 15 years, will include 1.36 million sf of office space, 500,000 sf of retail, 1,900 apartments and townhouses, 400 single-family homes, and a 300-room hotel.

Reflecting on the future of work

As we approach the finish line for 2017, I continue to reflect on the state of the architecture and construction industry as I have in years past. As we contend with global issues of climate crises, labor shortages, and rising construction costs I believe that the world of architecture and construction is at an important pivot point amidst a time of disruptive technological advances.

History museum embodies the culture of the Oregon coast

With a collection of over 250,000 historic photographs and artifacts of agrarian and maritime culture of the Oregon Coast, the Coos History Museum and Maritime Collection had outgrown its previous home.

Total cost of structural fires in U.S. reached $328.5 billion in 2014

The total cost of structural fires in the United States in 2014 was $328.5 billion, according to a new report written by University at Buffalo engineers and issued by the National Fire Protection Association.

Of that total, $273.1 billion, or 83%, of the cost was attributed to outfitting new buildings with fire prevention systems, operating fire departments, fire insurance, and other expenditures. The cost associated with losses—such as deaths, injuries, and destruction of property—was $55.4 billion.

Construction begins on Phase I of $240 million mixed-use development in Boston

Fenway Center, Boston’s newest mixed-use development, is now under construction adjacent to Fenway Park.

Fenway Center Development LLC, the project’s developer, announced joint venture partners Gerding Edlen, TH Real Estate, and Meredith Management have signed a long-term ground lease with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation for Phase I of Fenway Center.

Aerial view of Fenway Center westRendering courtesy of Fenway Center Development.