Dealing With Construction Bid Mistakes

Here’s the scenario, you’ve spent the past two weeks studying the plans and specifications for a commercial construction project. You’ve attended the mandatory pre-bid conference, done all your takeoffs, gotten all your subcontractor and supplier pricing lined up and you’ve checked and double-checked your figures and finally, you seal everything up to be submitted.

BPM Tips For Getting Specified by Architects

As a building product manufacturer (BPM) trying to get specified by architects may seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. The key is to focus less on selling your products and focus more on building relationships with architects and specifiers. Position your company as a leading expert on the types of products you deliver and provide them with all the information they need when researching and selecting products to specify on their product.

Annual Construction Institute Student Days presents real-world challenges, opportunities

For the first time, the annual Construction Institute’s CI Student Days heavy civil engineering team challenge was held as an online event this summer.

The real-world lessons and opportunities afforded by the competition, however, remained the same.

“It was pretty much like my senior capstone design project condensed into one weekend,” said Erin Bereyso, S.M.ASCE, a second-time Student Days attendee. “It was a lot of work but a lot of fun too.”

CI Student Days is a summer staple of the ASCE calendar, typically happening over the course of a long weekend as an in-person gathering of some of

10 Mid-August Economic Nuggets

Top of mind for economic analysts these days is the question of how rapidly prices (or costs, from a different perspective) are moving, and in what direction. The construction sector, mainly on the residential side, has been plagued much of this year by extraordinarily large climbs in prices for forestry products. July’s Producer Price Index (PPI) results from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show an abatement in this problem. Softwood lumber’s July PPI was -29.0% month to month and -16.3% over the latest three months. Nevertheless, it was ahead by a mighty +45.0% year over

Historical San Francisco building connected to new luxury high-rise

Built in 1903 at the corner of Third and Mission streets in what is now San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood, the 10-story Aronson Building has certainly earned its longevity: It survived the devastating April 18, 1906, San Francisco earthquake and subsequent fires, which destroyed 500 city blocks, killed an estimated 3,000 people, and left half the city’s population of 400,000 without homes.

The Aronson survived largely because of its construction with a flat slab system that is known as the Roebling System B. This system consists of fire-resistant concrete slab floors supported by steel columns. For fireproofing, the interior