The Top Habits Contractors Should Kick in 2016

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The greatest accomplishment is not in ever falling, but in rising again after you fall. – Vincent T. Lombardi It’s that time of the year when contractors wrap things up and put all the wins and losses behind them. You look forward to the New Year and put down a plan, usually with some goals…Read More

Change Order Tracking for People Who Hate Wasting Time

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There is one constant in life and in construction, and that is change. Design, materials, hands. Yet how we document that change can mean the difference between getting work done, and creating extra work. And you hate that. So do I. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) says this about change orders: “…most effective when backed…Read More

Unlocking Value From Stakeholder Relationships

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If you’re a general contractor, you’re almost never alone. You’re constantly crossing paths with clients, architects, engineers, suppliers, and subcontractors. Ask yourself honestly: How much time have you put into building on these relationships? If you answered “not much,” you’re missing out on some big opportunities to help your business win.

Construction Managers: How to Own Daily Productivity

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Does this situation sound familiar?  You’re in a status meeting, struggling to pay attention, but the person talking isn’t engaging anybody or sharing any information you care about. The meeting ends, and instead of feeling like you have a better handle on things, you feel like you’ve all but wasted 30 minutes. As a construction manager, you have to…Read More

How to ‘Miscommunicate’ Better on Construction Projects

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The title of this post is not a typo, in case you were wondering. No, I was having a conversation the other day with a guy after work. We were talking about communication on construction projects. Pretty broad topic. But he works in the field 50-60 hours a week in New York City. I wanted…Read More

Where are the Construction Project Managers?

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The construction industry is facing a labor shortage, and project managers (PMs) are among the top three hardest to find of skilled workers. Four out of five organizations report that they are struggling to find qualified PMs, and more than 20% of PMs are approaching retirement age and will need replacing. How did this shortage…Read More

Wohlsen Construction Company Announces 3-Year Partnership with FieldLens as their Mobile Field Management Platform of Choice

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New York, NY — October 28, 2015 – After years of researching and testing various mobile field management platforms developed for the construction industry, Wohlsen Construction Company today announced a 3-year partnership with FieldLens, a New York City based developer of the construction industry’s leading mobile communication app. Wohlsen Construction is a leading merit-shop firm,…Read More

Why Some Companies Stopped Doing Daily Reports

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Before the dawn of the Digital Age, the construction daily report made sense. Stakeholders needed to know what was happening on the job, when, and they couldn’t know that until the end of the day. They needed to wait until the end of the day for their superintendents to take their notepad on the long…Read More

Construction Project Portfolios – Is Yours Up to Snuff?

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It’s no secret the construction industry is highly competitive, and so it might seem safe to assume that all companies have a website to showcase their work. That would be a false assumption, especially regarding smaller companies that have operated for years without one. If they’ve done well for themselves up until now, what’s the problem? Security…Read More

When Fast Track Project Delivery Works & Fails

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Why would construction start on a project when the design isn’t even complete? It seems to go against all logic, and yet it can lead to a project getting closed out faster and smiling stakeholders at the finish line. What makes fast track delivery work or fail? When fast track project delivery works With a fast track…Read More