The method by which a construction project is delivered often makes all the difference in its outcome. A project with a straightforward scope can be very successful completed via a design-bid-build delivery.
People generally don’t like change. Several reasons exist for this, but mainly from a fear of the unknown. When people do leave their comfort zone, however, it can be liberating to achieve results far better than what they have seen in the past.
It’s no secret that water and wastewater utilities face several complex challenges. There’s the perpetual aging infrastructure problem and growing concerns over a graying workforce.
Nobody wants that phone call. The one that comes in the middle of the night when there’s an issue at the plant—a leak, a break, a system failing to operate.
Team dynamics can be fragile, balanced things. As an engineering project manager, I must create a trusting atmosphere for my team’s engineers to deliver an innovative and quality design.
When building a team for a design-build project, it’s common for agency owners (specifically engineering managers) to prioritize the obvious resources: project managers and owners advisors. What often gets overlooked is the opportunity to include the perspective and expertise of the end users during the design and construction process.
Design-build contracts continue to mature and evolve in many aspects, including terms related to liability. In the world of water infrastructure delivery, design-build most often pairs a contractor and a design firm.
Back in 2020 when I wrote about the Yugo and the merits of thinking about projects on a life cycle basis, the original Yugo’s 1987 list price of $3,990 translated to $9,100 in 2020 dollars.
Simply put, yes. The last two years plus have been remarkable in terms of dynamic and compounding events affecting the global supply chain, thus resulting in market uncertainty.
Collaborative delivery projects almost always begin with the project team having the mindset that the project will be completed safely, within budget, and on time.