P3 Delivery: Are We Riding the Brake or Pressing the Gas Pedal?

Recently, I spoke at a seminar covering Public-Private Partnership (P3) project delivery where we ended with a very engaging question and answer period. There were two main themes that came out of this discussion: (1) a culture change is needed among public owners to perform more P3 delivery, and (2) how to overcome the fear… Read More

Buy American vs. Buy America:
A Simple Guide to Successfully Navigating the Differences

Although they may sound similar, the “Buy American Act” and the “Buy America Act” are very different. Since the early 1930s, the federal government has enforced domestic material procurement requirements when it funds the construction of public projects. Knowing the difference can save your project, as the penalties for failing to comply can be severe…. Read More

My Favorite Spec Provisions (and Other Reasons Why I’m a Scheduling Geek)

Yes, I admit it – I am a scheduling geek. My favorite class in college included manual CPM calculations.  My wife had to have an intervention so I did not put our wedding planning calendar in P3. But why?  What is it about these relationship lines and date calculations that I find so fascinating? Perhaps… Read More

The Road to Carbon Neutrality Through Resilient Measures

re·sil·ience the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness the ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape; elasticity Resilience is an important priority today and will become even more important in the years ahead as climate change continues to intensify. Until recently, the Earth had been very resilient, adjusting and balancing… Read More

Transforming the Industry –
We Got This!

We recently held an Innovation Forum where MBP team members pitched ideas to improve the way we do things. We wanted our team to challenge the status quo and they did not disappoint. They devised solutions to automate data entry, to streamline our schedule reviews, to integrate handy phone apps to communicate with our clients and… Read More

Summer Road Trips and Public-Private Partnerships

Every summer about the time the last of the cherry bombs went off and the flag banners had finally been rolled up, my dad, James, would call me out of the treehouse to help with a family ritual. He’d roll Big Red, our old Pontiac Catalina, out of the garage and we’d set to work… Read More

How Facility Managers Can Get Two Hours Back In Their Day – Q&A | What You Need to Know About Monitoring-Based Commissioning (MBCx)

Facility departments are faced with an overwhelming amount of data regarding the condition of their buildings. Typical building automaton systems (BAS) produce more data points and generate more automated alarms than a facilities department can realistically view and manage, which often results in information overload. Simply having access to facility data does not easily translate… Read More

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