Construction Process Planning and Management

Construction Process Planning and Management

An Owner's Guide to Successful Projects

1st Edition - August 14, 2009

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  • Author: Sidney Levy
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9781856175487
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080949802

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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.

Key Features

  • Administer the general construction process including solicitation of contractor's qualifications (pre-qualify bidders), comparative analysis of bid packages, recommendation for contract award, contract document negotiation and documentation of job change orders
  • Provide Project Planning and on-site management and coordination of all construction projects
  • Ensure compliance of building construction rules and regulations and collaborate with chief engineers to monitor quality of construction
  • Conduct technical/plan review of construction documents and submit written responses identifying required corrections or changes
  • Design, implement and oversee Company standards for construction policies, practices and processes


Construction Engineers, Construction Managers, Construction Cost Estimators, Architectural Engineers, Contractors, Owners

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 stage

    Chapter 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)
    The Value of Alternates and Allowances

    Chapter 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 Selection

    Chapter 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 Insurance

    Chapter 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 & Claims

    Chapter 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 obligations

    Chapter 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 Compromise

    Chapter 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)

Product details

  • No. of pages: 392
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 2009
  • Published: August 14, 2009
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9781856175487
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080949802

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Sidney Levy

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