Weather or Not You Have a Delay

If a raindrop falls at a nearby airport but not on the project site, does the contractor get a weather delay extension? This seemingly easy question is not so easy when it comes to most construction contracts. Typical contracts and specifications will go into excruciating detail on the requirements for various systems within a building… Read More

3 Reasons Why Loss of Efficiency Claims Are So Hard to Prove

In part 1 of this blog series, we highlighted the difficulties facing the construction market due to chronic labor shortages and in part 2, we linked the labor shortage with a rise in disputes, particularly over claims for lost labor efficiency. In a market where loss of efficiency claims are increasingly common, it’s worth noting… Read More

Making Project Dollars Stretch

All owners dream of having unlimited funds, or even enough money to simply construct all the facilities they need, but that is rarely the case. Even as economic conditions have improved in recent years, the price of design and construction has continued to rise, making projects feel less affordable than ever. How do owners make… Read More

How Labor Shortages Spark Delay and the Blame Game

Construction delays and resulting disputes typically arise from several familiar circumstances: design changes, project mismanagement, or a breakdown in communication. All of these delay drivers remain very relevant, but we see a new challenge arising as we look to the future of our industry. As mentioned in the first blog in this series, we are… Read More

The Construction Industry’s Chronic Labor Shortfall Demands New Leadership

An increasing concern in the construction industry in the past few years—and one gaining increased notice recently—has been the shortage of available, qualified people in the construction workforce. A number of prominent news stories in the past few months have highlighted this issue: 91 percent of contractors report having difficulty hiring workers The share of… Read More

Happy Holidays from all of us at MBP!

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season filled with joy and laughter through the New Year. Thank you for your continued support and partnership. We look forward to working with you in 2019!

7 Deadly Sins of Scheduling: How to Keep Your Project Out of the Handbasket

A schedule is intended to be used as a tool to allow project participants to proactively manage construction and adapt to changing circumstances as they arise. However, if a party’s intentions are not in the best interest of the project, the schedule loses its credibility as a management tool. While there may be thousands of… Read More

Adapting to Change: How Being Resilient Will Shape the Way We Work

I had the opportunity to attend the 2019 Dodge Construction Outlook last week to hear top economists from Dodge and Moody’s deliver their forecasts for the coming year. Among a crowd of contractors, suppliers, designers, owners, and construction consultants such as myself, we heard the news that after a number of years of strong growth,… Read More