In the past, I've come down pretty hard on Building Teams for failing to revisit their completed projects to see if the great edifices they have built were really performing as planned. Now it's my turn...

August 11, 2010

The differences and similarities between architecture and engineering are no more apparent than in the turf wars between these two learned professions. Virtually every state regulates architects and engineers and...

August 11, 2010

The September terrorist attacks have heightened the visibility of charitable endeavors in general. In this context, the performance of designers and contractors has been commendable.

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August 11, 2010

I know what you're thinking: "What's this guy talking about? What do argonauts and astronauts have to do with designing and constructing buildings?" Indulge me for a moment, Dear Reader, as I do my best to connect the dots.

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August 11, 2010

Change orders present one of the greatest sources of misunderstanding and conflict on construction projects. Owners believe that changes are overpriced, not properly documented and intended to correct the contractors...

August 11, 2010

Generating proposals is one of the most important tasks for A/E/C firms. For many firms, however, proposal preparation remains a manual process.

Once a lead is...

August 11, 2010

Reliance on sprinklers a mistake

Many building codes, which establish fire safety standards for public and private buildings, are based upon the mistaken assumption that sprinklers...

August 11, 2010

The widespread back-to-the-city movement is being spurred by more than just a reaction to the spread of sprawl. Another draw is urban character.

A seminar sponsored...

August 11, 2010

Our report on military construction (see page 50) brought back some bittersweet memories. In the summer of 1955, my mother took me on my first trip beyond the Hudson River. We were on our way from New York to...

August 11, 2010