Essays are a great way to teach lessons. In our house of seven children, it seems that almost every day is an “Essay Day.” Last week, when caught in the middle of a lie—about an issue that was not even important— one of my young Princesses was required to write an essay about INTEGRITY.
How the Government Shutdown Affects the Department of Transportation DBE Regulations
We have all read about the consequences of the recent government shutdown, including postal services , the housing market , and even OSHA investigations. Thanks to my partner, Mark Leach, for sharing an example of how the shutdown has affected the transportation and road building industry.
Last year, the…
ConsensusDOCS Releases New Teaming Agreement
ConsensusDocs released the new ConsensusDocs 498 Design-Build Teaming Agreement today, which provides a standard contract for parties desiring to form a team for the purpose of submitting a bid on a design-build project.
According to the press release, this agreement has the flexibility for those team members to include design professionals, contractors and other parties.
Say This Three Times Fast: Sequestration, Construction and Contractor Claims!
No doubt you have heard, read or seen reports about the sequestration process. As part of the Budget Control Act of 2011, Congress passed and President Obama signed into law an automatic, indiscriminate process of across-the-board budget cuts called sequestration. Earlier this week, the Washington Post had a great blog post called The Sequestration: …
Paper to Paperless: Webinar on Construction Documentation and Legal Disputes
You will rarely find me advertising on this blog. However, since I have received numerous inquiries about my presentation at the AGC National Conference in Honolulu last month, I am pleased to announce that I will be doing a similar Webinar tomorrow, Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 1:00pm EST.
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Supreme Court’s Decision in Sackett v. EPA May Assist Construction Projects
Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court handed down a unanimous decision in the closely watched case of Sackett v. Environmental Protection Agency. To read about the Sackett decision and its potential effect on the construction industry, follow today’s post….
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Risky Business: What Contractors Need to Know About Alternative Funding for Infrastructure
In the absence of a new transportation policy, investment in infrastructure is largely left to alternative sources of funding, such as Public Private Partnerships (PPPs). With all the buzz about PPPs, contractors should first learn the “basics” about alternative financing and then appreciate the risks.
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Contractor’s Time Clock: Why Is It Important for Federal Prevailing Wage Projects
One of my favorite vendors at the CONEXPO / CONAGG show featured the job clock system by ExakTime. They had a prime corner spot in one of the main exhibit halls and each representative greeted you with a smile from ear to ear. When I returned from Las Vegas to the real…
Smile: It’s How You Make a Meaningful Connection at a Trade Show
It is time for some new running shoes. In the past month, I attended two major trade shows after speaking to the particular industry association. First, I was humbled to speak to the Kentucky chapter of USGBC on the ASHRAE 189.1 standards and the International Green Construction Code, as well as some of the top…
Young Leaders in AGC Give to Local Ronald McDonald House…Are You Giving?
I am on the board of the Construction Leadership Council of the AGC of Middle Tennessee. Earlier today, we presented a check to the Ronald McDonald House Charities to help support their great work for sick children and their families in and around Nashville, Tennessee.
As I drove back to the office, I thought…