Years ago, the poet and essayist Kenneth Rexroth (1905-1982) would treat readers of the now defunct Saturday Review to a one- or two-page reconsideration of a literary classic — everything from The Epic of Gilgamesh...

August 11, 2010

On July 17, 1981, a tragedy that was to have a profound impact on the construction industry occurred in Kansas City. Two walkways at the 1-year-old Hyatt Regency Hotel collapsed, killing 114 people attending a tea...

August 11, 2010

The Construction Management Association of America recently presented the results of a survey of more than 120 public- and private-sector owners. The chief conclusion: In the typical construction project, the most...

August 11, 2010

The construction industry dumps 164 billion tons of waste a year into America's solid waste stream, 25-40% of the total, according to the latest figures (2003) from the Whole Building Design Guide. Demolition...

August 11, 2010

Almost all construction projects are faced with changes after contracts are signed and work is begun. That there are few change orders on a project is a true testament to the thought and care expended at the front...

August 11, 2010

At its second annual World Press Days event in San Francisco, Autodesk presented nearly 150 assembled journalists with a vision of how its 2009 AEC software will help AEC professionals meet the challenges of...

August 11, 2010

Autodesk unveiled new products and announced renamed Autodesk applications last month in San Francisco. Much of the two-day media event revolved around news of specialized features in the software manufacturer's...

August 11, 2010

Reacting to industry problems and concerns, lawmakers around the country are enacting retainage reform. While some argue that the government should not get involved in private contractual matters, the reformers...

August 11, 2010

In construction, there's a direct correlation between the quality of a plan and the ultimate quality of a project. That's why a good plan can be worth its weight in gold.

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August 11, 2010

Retainage is not a word found in standard dictionaries. It is a concept peculiar to the construction industry. Try to purchase an airplane ticket and hold back 10 percent until the pilot gets you safely home on time...

August 11, 2010