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

A Modern-Day Look at Partnering: 5 Strategies That Will Reduce Conflict and Improve Project Outcomes

As construction management professionals and consultants, it’s our business to think about how people and processes fit together to achieve the best results. Many of us got into this industry because we have a passion for building something bigger than us. Better buildings. Better infrastructure. The power to impact cities and communities for years to… Read More

Substituting for D-B-B, Our Next Batter is P3! 10 Reasons Why Public-Private Partnerships are Gaining Momentum

Spring is here, and I am looking forward to Opening Day 2019 and the start of baseball season. As players conduct batting practice, they carefully choose their favorite bat. A lot of thought goes into this selection – the weight, the material, the sound the ball makes coming off of it, how comfortable they are… 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!