Navigating a cross the design and construction process can sometimes be challenging, even for the most experienced. With unfamiliar terminology and dealing with experts in each field of architecture, engineering, and construction, project owners need some guidance in the process and sometimes wish they had a relative in the construction business for helpful hints.
Owners should base their choice of contractor on reputation and not just on profit. Integrity and excellent relationships with past clients are the hallmarks of a competitive and successful contractor. A good working relationship between the design team and the contractor is an essential component of a successful project and can be promoted and encouraged by the owner.
The owner must treat the design and construction teams fairly. The three tenets of a well-executed construction project can be summarized in three words: fair, responsible, and reasonable. A dedicated and knowledgeable owner is essential to a successful construction project.
About the Book
Construction projects, by their very nature, have the potential for endless disputes. This book, written by an author with over 40 years of experience in the construction and general contracting industry, provides the tools necessary to save time and money on construction projects.
In this book, Sid Levy discusses the long-term nature of construction projects, the right project delivery system for the project failure to select the right project delivery system for the project, in complete drawings and specifications, un realistic schedules, poor communication and coordination among participants, and in adequate contract administration. This book provides practical advice and points out the pit falls to avoid at every stage of a project, from inception through design development, contractor and contractor selection, construction supervision, punch list, and successful completion of the project.