U.S. consumer awareness of energy efficiency spiked suddenly in 1973 when an Arab oil embargo led to soaring oil prices and fuel shortages. Many Americans will recall waiting in long lines on alternate odd- or even-numbered days to fill up their cars’ gas tanks, getting slammed with astronomical home heating bills, or walking to school in the dark as Daylight Savings Time was extended into winter to help save energy.

SafetyLeadership styles have a big impact on safety culture.   

By Joshua Estrin  

The impact of managerial leadership styles is not a new topic in the broader realm of occupational safety and health. In recent years, the construction industry also has recognized the importance of using it as a means by which to measure and, in some ways, proactively approach safety management issues by understanding that certain ways in which those in charge of the job site safety approach safety means and methods can have a more effective outcome on avoiding accidents and keeping the worker safe.

 7 HABITS ED PIC 1Seven habits can lead to projects staying on time and under budget.   

By Chris Bell

The steps to achieve and maintain a thriving construction project management program can be complex, leaving facility and asset owners at a loss of where to begin to improve their current program. However, as the construction industry has become more technologically adept by adopting cloud-based project management solutions, we have seen a significant spike in resources and data that paint a clearer picture regarding the practices that separate top-performing owners, those who regularly see projects completed on-time and under budget, from average or low-performing owners. In fact, they can be boiled down to seven common habits.

 OP NYNJ ED PIC 1By Brian L. Gardner

In June, New York City contractor Harco Construction LLC was convicted for manslaughter related to the death of a worker killed in a construction accident. The company’s job superintendent was recently on trial regarding the same incident, also for manslaughter and related charges.

This is not the first time that Manhattan prosecutors have brought criminal cases against a construction company related to job site safety where an injury or death occurred. However, it is seemingly the first where a conviction was obtained. While Harco’s attorneys have signaled that they intend to appeal the conviction, the conviction alone may have an impact on companies and how they do business.


Construction is booming so much that in 2015 alone, U.S. construction projects costs reached $1 trillion, the highest recorded amount since 2008, according to estimates offered by the Census Bureau. A large portion of this construction is happening on the campuses of colleges and universities across the country.

New construction and renovation costs have become near certainties year after year as colleges and universities continue to break ground on student housing, research labs and lecture halls. However, undertaking these large projects comes with a fair amount of risk, and university decision makers often overlook several insurance risks before expanding.


Every real estate developer takes on a significant amount of risk when entering into a new development project. If you’re set on testing the development waters, your first step should be preparing a detailed budget and analysis of the costs to be incurred. These can help minimize your risks. 

 CIVIL 1By Ron Beck

The bidding process for projects continues to remain competitive, which has led to owner-operators being extremely concerned with costly overruns and schedule slips for large projects. As a result, there is enormous pressure on the engineering and construction companies (E&Cs) to be accurate and efficient throughout the project lifecycle.

Many E&Cs still use traditional processes and tools to bid on projects, but this has proven to be time consuming and labor intensive. The opportunity for estimators today is to embrace specialized economic evaluation software, which helps to achieve significant increases in estimating efficiencies and produce faster and accurate costs. Project leaders and business decision-makers can determine how to build a project, assess the potential risk levels to a contract and quickly determine whether to bid on a fixed price or cost reimbursable basis at the early stages.


By Jeremy P. Brummond

Many construction projects incur increased costs related to project delays or other impacts. Some contracts prohibit the recovery of delay-related costs, whether caused by owner delay or interference or by force majeure. But under some contracts, delay damages are recoverable, and some states’ laws declare waivers of claims for delay damages to be unenforceable or specify exceptions to when the waivers can be enforced.

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