Archive for January, 2010

Project Managers and Superintendents

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Every directive that could have a risk of monitory impact the P.M. and Super must give the issue a “COR” so when the project ends we have a tracking procedure with outstanding issues and they can not be forgotten and left unresolved and become problems weeks or months after project closeout. The Super must have a COR before Phil Ivey is presently involved within the greatest casinos online legal cases the United kingdom has witnessed after he prosecuted Crockford’s Casino in Mayfair London once they declined to spend on the £7. he signs any verification of time slips.

If a trade contractor does not attend your project meeting then simply take a position we need and state it clearly in the project meeting minutes and let them deal with your requirements and you will set a great example for others whom may consider missing a meeting.

Project Owners issues

Monday, January 18th, 2010

Think about the reality when your customer, architect, or Subcontract becomes non- responsive addressing an issue. First, you must cover your backside as we all know you need to do. However, I want to make sure you remember it will be a “reality problem” for you no matter what at a later date if you don’t get involved! You need to keep on top of the issue and help them out so we can get done on time and everyone is happy. Please don’t get caught up with who is “right” and no “follow through” but rather focus on the project to be successful for all.

Project Meetings

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Always document with an owner what is over time charges vs. shift change work. Owner's understanding of overtime can be misunderstood.

At our project meetings don't talk to the people next to you or be reading when there is an on going discussion about your project. Simply ask people to wait until after the meeting and you will accommodate their concerns.


About your Project

Friday, January 8th, 2010

As a note, if your project has an activity that is noisy or disruptive try to do that work first thing before your owner becomes project tired! Later, he will get tired of the project and become more difficult with dust or noise.

When your subs make mistakes there is no need to tell your customer or maybe not even the architect. Because we hired them we must take some responsibility for their mistakes. They are somewhat like our own employees, so keep it confidential.

Remember the biggest reason projects fail is lack of timely information. Your job is to push for timely information to get issues resolved.

General Contractor RFI's and Punch List

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010


Always try to add a suggestive solution to your RFI for the owner and architect if possible because it makes them feel that you are a team player. However, ultimately, the architect must approve our suggestions in writing before accepting.

Punch List-

Remember for some reason the owner only remembers the last thing we did – which is usually the punch list items – so do it right and efficiently to secure future work from the customer. The last 1 percent of the project is the 90 percent the owner remembers about us.


Construction Project Costs

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Remember for every $1,000 lost we must do a $20,000 job to make up that loss.

Beware that it costs 2/3 more money to find a new client than it does to save an existing client. Hence, let”s make all attempts to keep our existing clients.

When you price and level a trade discipline you must present three subcontractor”s prices to corporate.

Trade Contractor Notifications

Monday, January 4th, 2010

Any correspondence that is received by any employee (i.e. project manager, superintendent, etc.) must be responded in writing by that employee; even if the response is “I totally agree.” We will not let any correspondence go unresponsive.

Communication that is of serious impact always refers to the contract section that gives you the authority or right to carry out your stated position.

When a customer says they do not want you to confirm things in writing just say it is our company policy set by the president and you would lose your job if you don”t. However, they can call the president to discuss our policy.