Construction Process Planning and Management

An Owner's Guide to Successful Projects


  • Sidney Levy

By their very nature, construction projects can create seemingly endless opportunities for conflict. Written by a best selling author with over 40 years of experiences in the construction and general contracting business, Construction Process Planning and Management provides you with the necessary tools to save time and money on your construction project. In this book, Sid Levy provides valuable advice for avoiding or working through the common problems that are a result of the long-term nature of construction projects, failure to select a ?project delivery system? appropriate to the project, incomplete drawing and specifications, unrealistic scheduling, poor communication and coordination among participants, and inadequate contract administration. From project genesis, through design development to contractor and contract selection, on to construction oversight, punch list and successful project close-out, this book will point out those pitfalls to avoid and offer practical advice at every step along the way.
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Construction Engineers, Construction Managers, Construction Cost Estimators, Architectural Engineers, Contractors,


Book information

  • Published: August 2009
  • ISBN: 978-1-85617-548-7

Table of Contents

Chapter 1- An Introduction to the Design and Construction industry The construction. architectural and engineering business Hiring an architect and defining the Owner's Program General Contracting- full service, broker- how they operate Subcontracting - 2nd, 3rd tier subs. Chapter 2- Project Genesis The Fast Track process- pluses and minuses To CM or not to CM? Considering Design-Build at this early stageChapter 3 ?Selecting and Working with Architects The Right Questions to Ask Checking up via References The process of extracting the owner's program The full field of services architects can supply Chapter 4- Construction Contracts-Types, Pros and Cons of Each Getting Started with a Letter of Intent Cost Plus Cost Plus a Fee with a Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) Lump or Stipulated sum Construction Manager (CM) Design-Build The Value of Alternates and AllowancesChapter 5- Preparing Meaningful Bid Documents The Request for Qualifications (RFQ) The Request for Proposal (RFP) Sample forms The Value of a Pre-Bid Conference Evaluating Bids Contractor SelectionChapter 6- Preparing the Construction Contract Some Helpful Tips Contract Language to Protect the Owner The Value of Exhibits to the Contract When Tenant Work is Involved in a Commercial Lease The Need for a Contingency The role of Bonds and InsuranceChapter 7- Organizing for Construction The role of the Architect During Construction The role of the Owner's Representative Establishing Effective communications between all parties Dealing With Difficult Issues That Can Cause Disputes & ClaimsChapter 8- The Construction Schedule The CMP Schedule- the Bar Chart Schedule The Importance of the Base Line Schedule The Double Edged Sword Chapter 9- The Change Order Process How to Eliminate Many problems Up Front Effective Monitoring of Contractor's cost proposals The Owner's rights and obligationsChapter 10-Participating in the Construction Process The Weekly Progress Meetings Project Documentation to Protect One's Position Lien Waivers- What They Do and what They don't Do The Art of CompromiseChapter 11- Successfully Closing out the Project Successful Close-Out Starts at the Project's Beginning Punch List Tips Warranties/Guarantees- Read the Fine Print Before Issuing that Final Payment Appendix ? Samples of Design and Construction Contracts American Institute of Architects (AIA)