Too many construction projects still don’t meet owners’ expectations: KPMG report

KPMG International's Global Construction Survery 2015 reported that 53% of owners say they suffered one or more underperforming projects in the previous year. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Contractors | April 20, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Causes for delays, overruns, and underperformance include project management talent shortages, distrust between owners and contractors, and the lack of fully integrated project management systems. 

 

 

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Morton Buildings is notorious for its status as a titan in the American construction community. That status was not lost on the ownership of an exclusive country club, when it decided to choose Morton to spearhead a complete overhaul of its facilities.

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