Is your Overhead Costing you Jobs? As you well know, times are tough for many companies in the construction industry these days – especially for smaller contractors with limited resources. Bidding for jobs has become extremely competitive and it’s often difficult to comprehend how the winning contractor is able to complete the... More
Posted by admin on Feb 06, 2012

Look It Up: Construction Books to Add to your Office Seasoned construction professionals like to think there’s little they haven’t seen over the course of a long career. However, the truth is that one of the things that make a career in construction so much fun is that you have the opportunity to learn something new almost every day. There always... More
Posted by admin on Jan 31, 2012

New Construction vs. Remodeling: What You Need to Know It wasn’t that long ago that a small homebuilding or general contracting company could stay busy by building houses. There was more than enough business to keep everyone busy – even when the large regional and national builders were figured in. Unfortunately, in many parts of the country... More
Posted by admin on Dec 13, 2011

Construction Management:  Should You Go Lean? Most contractors utilize, at least in principle if not in active practice, “project management” methods.  And most contractors are familiar with the Critical Path Method, or CPM, when managing projects. The basic premise of CPM is to construct a plan for completing the project that... More
Posted by admin on Nov 25, 2011

COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION IN 2012 - BOOM OR BUST? The New Year is almost upon us and your company made it through 2011. Next question: What does 2012 look like? Most contractors and builders are not economists.  Many contractors and builders rely on the information and forecasting provided by chief financial officers and professional financial... More
Posted by admin on Nov 20, 2011

The Importance of Face to Face Construction Project Meetings Not too many people enjoy attending meetings and if you own a construction related company, you may think that spending time in them causes a loss of production time in the office and on the jobsite. However, a meeting done correctly can actually increase production, improve efficiency, and may... More
Posted by admin on Oct 27, 2011

A Niche Can Help You Survive Challenging Times If you’ve been involved in the construction industry for any length of time, you know it’s a career field full of peaks and valleys. This particular valley is quite a bit worse than most and it may take a while to climb a peak again, but the valleys of 1980-1982 and 1989-1991 weren’t exactly... More
Posted by admin on Aug 08, 2011

Help the Environment and your Business by Talking to your Customers about Energy Efficient Upgrades Housing doesn’t seem to be rebounding anytime soon and commercial construction isn’t doing much better – this has been a tough time for anyone associated with the construction industry. New housing still has to compete with all the foreclosures flooding the market in some regions and when the... More
Posted by admin on Aug 02, 2011

How to Lose $3 Million In a Year Sounds like an uplifting story doesn’t it?  We all know the economy sucks right now, but there are a lot of companies that haven’t been able to weather the storm, so consider yourself lucky if you are still in the game.  One fact that most people don’t know about ME is that,... More
Posted by admin on Nov 18, 2010

The Top Challenges Facing the Construction Industry: 2010 Survey In 1970, Walt Kelly had his famous comic strip character Pogo use the phrase “We Have Met the Enemy and He Is Us” in an Earth Day poster.  Since then, we’ve seen it applied in diverse settings – from discussions of information overload to the road system to our nation’s challenges in... More
Posted by admin on Nov 03, 2010

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