Building Best PracticesVolume 7Welcome to the seventh edition of Building Best Practices (BBP), a digital magazine brought to you by the Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts communications committee. BBP is a collection of articles and videos of business practices submitted by industry experts affiliated with AGC MA Committees. This bi-annual digital publication will provide the latest strategies and approaches to the ongoing trends and issues facing all industry professionals.
"It is no secret that the construction industry is sometimes slow to adopting technological advances; however, some contractors are quick to embrace change. By swiftly adapting to updates to the American Institute of Architects ("AIA"), some contractors have the ability to reap the benefits of embracing change. One of the most recent AIA updates involves the AIA A133-2019, Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Construction Manager as Constructor where the basis of payment is the Cost of the Work Plus
As design-build becomes a more common method for delivering construction projects, it is critical to understand the best way to ensure project success and reduce risk. In choosing the design-build project delivery method, an Owner benefits by having a single point of contact and responsibility for a project. Design-build is also attractive to an Owner because it allows early input and collaboration between the construction team and design team, which leads to improvements on costs and schedule.
Professional associations like the AGC are invaluable during challenging times like we have been experiencing with COVID-19. They provide community and a forum for discussion and sharing of resources. AGC MA has “hit it out of the ballpark” during the past few months with its programs and initiatives, including: The AGC MA Risk Forum highlighted by Molly Manson and Lexie Pereira. Through these bi-weekly calls, members engaged with attorneys and other professionals regarding the ever changing COVID-19
Safety Best Practices During COVID-19 | Shaun Carvalho, Vice President, Safety Shawmut Design and Construction
At Shawmut Design and Construction, the safety of our people and jobsites is our top priority. Following the first known confirmed case of COVID-19 in the U.S., Shawmut put protocols in place and closely followed the CDC for guidance. We created a cross-functional COVID-19 Crisis Team with a virtual command center that is constantly monitoring developments by the minute—helping to guide actions as necessary. By proactively tracking conditions, we provide constant guidance and communications to our on-site
CPPI Coverage: An Innovative Response to the Design-Build Dilemma Andy O’Brien, Construction Risk Partners
As Design-Build delivery continues to gain momentum in the construction industry, contractors are forced to reevaluate the measures they take to manage risk. Many contractors are simply unaccustomed to assuming ultimate responsibility for design-related risk on a project. Many more are surprised at how challenging it can be to adequately transfer the entirety of this risk down to the appropriate design professionals. It’s not uncommon that on even the largest projects, the prime design firms are only
It has been challenging for business development professionals to find ways to stay relevant and connected to clients and project management teams. In a Google search for best business development quotes, I was amazed at how many apply perfectly now. For example: “Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength.” Sigmund Freud “Every problem is a gift — without problems we would not grow.” Anthony Robbins "All progress takes place outside the comfort zone." Michael John Bobak We are certainly
Virtual Design & Construction Practice Guide | Alicia Cox, VDC Manager, Jack Moran, LEED AP, Manager of VDC Services Consigli Construction Company
The use of Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) technologies is an increasingly integral part of design and construction practices. While the use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and other VDC technologies have been standard practice at Consigli for more than ten years, new technologies and applications are continuously emerging – some are good, and others are solutions looking for a problem. Companies must develop a process to research and evaluate the value of these new tools on an ongoing
Subcontracting Comment – Using Master Subcontracts as One Part of a Strong Partnership with Subcon | Paul James, Sr. V.P. Risk Management & General Counsel, BOND
One of the most fundamental features of operating as a general contractor or construction manager (GC/CM) involves use of a wide variety of types and formats of contract agreements needed to deliver a project. Starting with the prime agreement with the project owner there are typically many subsidiary agreements with the various parties we contract with to fulfill our obligations to the owner. These parties range from consultants and service professionals to material and equipment suppliers and various