Browsing All posts tagged under »Broken Buildings Busted Budgets«

Construction Productivity and Dreaded Rework

February 13, 2012

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Rework is almost a four-letter word in design-build. Rework is when work is put in place on a job and needs to be redone. This can mean tearing out and completely redoing, or going back to further and more accurately correct work to an acceptable level. Rework is one of the most insidious causes of […]

Avoiding Conflict Escalation on Projects

October 20, 2011

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A couple years ago I tuned into an AIA webinar that described ways architects could avoid legal issues on projects. Some of the points I picked up have sufaced from time-to-time, luckily on projects I have not worked on. It seems relevant to relate a few of the more useful, universal ideas, which are particularly applicable to healthcare […]

Project ‘Fine Print’ Manages Risk

January 5, 2011

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Significant resources are used to manage the soft parts of a project to keep the project on time and on budget. Owners execute protracted RFQ / RFP processes with short-list interviews and selection committees trying to pick the right team out of a bunch of suits. Owners ask designers and builders how they manage quality on their […]

Design-Build Chosen to Control Costs

December 30, 2010

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It was not long ago I wrote about design-build as a way to control costs. This idea was espoused by Barry LePatner in his book Broken Buildings Busted Budgets. Well last month at the Healthcare Design Conference (HCD.10) the thesis for a lab design forum was just that:  ‘design build was chosen for cost containment’. […]

Book Review: Broken Buildings Busted Budgets

November 19, 2010

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Barry LePatner’s book Broken Buildings Busted Budgets has provided some questions for my own practice and thoughts on the design and construction industries, which I have used to explore through posts. For those that have struggled to understand the gist of LePatner’s book, let me provide the Cliff’s Notes. LePatner touches on many subjects tangential to […]

Design-Build Best at Controlling Costs

November 8, 2010

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I recently completed Barry LePatner’s book, Broken Buildings, Busted Budgets (BBBB), and if I were a copy editor with a hook to write it would be: ‘LePatner Book Endorses Design-Build’. Considering BBBB is a book focused on why buildings cost so much and how to solve that, I would say the above headline as a […]

Large Firms Help Stabilize Costs

November 2, 2010

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NOTE: Earlier this week, I became a featured blogger for Healthcare Design (HD) magazine, and now Healthcare Building Ideas (HBI). When I create content for those blogs, I will provide a short link here to those posts. Likewise, the HD/HBI blog posts will have a short end note or link to this blog, “Owner’s Toolbox”. The […]