OP NY NJ FOCUS 01By Jacqueline Greenberg Vogt

The owner of a troubled project has just terminated its general contractor and called upon the contractor's surety to complete the work. The surety responds affirmatively, but proposes that the owner and the surety enter into a takeover agreement. For the owner, entering into a takeover agreement with the surety will govern their relationship and provide a road map for the completion of the project.


By Stuart Meurer 

Construction on an active school campus presents a unique set of challenges for both the builder and institution such as scheduling, student safety, classroom distraction and routine disruption. These challenges can be overcome through open communication and integration (not separation) of the school and construction team.

Classrooms and teachers are the obvious image that the word school provokes, but lessons can be learned all around the academic environment. Construction or renovation projects offer a chance to teach and learn about a wide variety of subjects, from business to physics, right outside the classroom door. 

 OP COMMERCIAL 01By Susan Parker

Five years ago I was visiting a California job site for a big hospital project. The co-located design and construction teams were using lean methods to keep tasks on schedule. I was struck by the certificates people had over their desks. They said, “I am a reliable promiser. You can count on me.” 

These reliable promiser pledges seemed oddly out of place to me, as if they had been reprinted from a 1910 Boy Scout handbook. But I quickly realized the impact to a construction schedule of doing what you say you’ll do.

A day on a construction jobsite is an intricate dance of equipment, material and people. Lean teams count on everyone reliably performing their tasks exactly when and where they promised so the work flows smoothly.


By Brian Fielkow

Based on recent data, severe workplace injuries happen every day, but a new report from the Occupational Health and Safety Administration indicates that more than 50 percent of the severe work-related injuries in 2015 went unreported. In an effort to increase reporting and thereby reduce accidents, as is the theory, OSHA has issued new guidelines and a 400 percent increase in the maximum fine for failing to report work-related severe injuries.

Unfortunately, intensifying rules and regulations will never be enough to prevent safety failures from occurring. We will only improve safety with the deliberate creation of safety cultures within all of our individual companies. Investing in your safety culture is a hard-core business proposition with profound bottom line results. It starts with shared beliefs and values implemented by people and ritualized through process. Here are six tips to help you create a world-class safety culture in your company and reduce work-related accidents: 

 MEGAPROJECTS 01Large, complex projects need strong leaders.   

By Hans Roth and Natalie Macaulay

“Megaprojects,” defined by many as projects of more than $1 billion U.S. or greater in scale, are fast becoming a central feature of modern life and global development. The state of commodity prices continues to put pressure on mining, energy and related industries, though government and infrastructure projects are seeing more attention in the down cycle. Regardless of the sector involved, running a megaproject encompasses very high stakes. McKinsey & Company estimates that nine out of 10 megaprojects exceed their budget in part because of technical and human capital complexities. 

 ISO 9001 02The ISO 9001:2015 standard requires a risk-based approach.   

By Anita McReynolds-Lidbury

More construction professionals today are looking to ISO standards to help solve problems in all stages of the development process as well as to facilitate technological advances and good management practices. Now with the recent release of the ISO 9001:2015 standard, construction professionals should be tuned in to some fundamental changes in how ISO accredited firms are expected to operate to remain compliant.

 IOT TO COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS 02Buildings are becoming smarter thanks to IoT technology.   

By Tanuj Mohan

The Internet of Things (IoT) is on the rise and impacting the building landscape. Buildings are now becoming even smarter thanks to this technology – with real time and historical data on space utilization, HVAC and more that can inform key decisions in the building management process. Through networked lighting systems with app-based technology, smart building owners are able to easily integrate the IoT in new construction and retrofit projects with little or no added expense in dollars or time. 

 HEALTHCARE 01Overcoming insurance cost challenges requires an entrepreneurial approach.   

By Dr. David Berg

It’s not an unusual situation. Your employee is injured on the jobsite and seeks treatment at his doctor’s office or the emergency room. Or, maybe you have an arrangement with a workers’ compensation clinic promising to save you money. You and the doctor both file a workers’ compensation claim to cover the cost. And that’s it – right?

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