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    Stan Martin | Commonsense Construction Law
    Thursday, June 9, 2016
    Lawyers hate this question. A contractor and subcontractor, having gone back and forth on a few contract terms while the sub is performing work, reach the end of the project – or at least the end of the sub’s work – without an agreed contract form. What happens? Lawyers hate the question because clients hate the answer: it depends. There is no “one size fits all” answer to this question. Read more
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    Catie McMenamin, C.E. Floyd
    Friday, May 27, 2016
    Some businesses operate with a lean staff and know they will hire an Owner’s Project Manager (OPM) for their construction projects. Others have an entire department to manage construction work. However, lots of you fall in between. So, are you better off hiring an outside representative to manage your construction project? Read more
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    Stan Martin | Commonsense Construction Law
    Wednesday, April 6, 2016
    The Massachusetts payment bond statute requires public project claimants to give notice to the general contractor by certified mail – not an uncommon requirement. The Massachusetts Appeals Court has just held that an email was not adequate notice, but via footnote has left the door open for a better or more definitive email as supplying proper notice in the future. Read more
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    Megan Clifford | Suffolk
    Monday, March 28, 2016
    In the United States alone, there are 437 billion square feet of windows installed every year. Imagine if all of those windows and the already existing windows on earth could produce solar energy to power the very buildings they adorn. Read more
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    Tocci
    Tuesday, March 22, 2016
    Water can have a devastating effect on buildings; the smallest misstep when installing waterproofing can cost millions of dollars. Even worse, water can deteriorate buildings components and cause mold, resulting in significant health concerns. Read more
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    C. E. Floyd
    Friday, March 18, 2016
    Lean construction is an “it” term in construction right now. And for good reason: it works. Lean construction is not a new concept. It stems from The Last Planner System (LPS), which was developed in the 1980s to improve the predictability and reliability of construction production. Since the 1960s construction productivity has steadily declined. Forty to fifty percent of construction projects are behind schedule and over budget, according to FMI's Sixth Annual Survey of Construction Owners. The biggest costs impacting construction today are the inefficiencies built into the way projects are run and managed. Read more
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    Subsurface Constructors, Inc.
    Friday, March 4, 2016
    The geotechnical engineer's recommendation is typically the start of the ground improvement process, and most geotechs have significant experience with different ground improvement techniques. The geotechnical engineer's borings logs and report recommendations help identify the best way to support a new structure. In this post, we provide key information to help geotechs draft the best possible reports. This post is the fourth part in our series on ground improvement; the previous post covered cost analysis and feasibility of different ground improvement techniques. Read more
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    Stan Martin | Commonsense Construction Law
    Tuesday, February 9, 2016
    The general standard in OSHA cases is that a foreman’s knowledge of a safety violation by a subordinate is imputed to the employer. An exception has been carved out by some courts when it is the foreman’s own safety violation that gives rise to the OSHA citation, and the employer argues that the actions of a “rogue” employee should not be imputed to the employer. But what happens when both foreman and subordinate engage in an unsafe work condition? That was the situation decided by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, in Quinlan v. Sec’y, United States DOL, 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 207 (Jan. 8, 2016), available here. Read more
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    Friday, February 5, 2016
    Remember the remote-control truck you had as a kid? You could barge into the sand box, toggle your way back out, crash unexpectedly and reverse just as quickly, all while staying out of harm’s way. Today, construction workers have the option to use remote-control equipment from outside the cab, so they can do dangerous work more safely and efficiently. Read more
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    C. E. Floyd
    Tuesday, February 2, 2016
    Design-Build (D-B) is a project delivery system that includes planning, design and construction under one contract. D-B is the idea of partnering the right team, from the start, to help get to a completed project successfully and provide the highest satisfaction to the Client/Owner. Basically it’s like putting together any sports team. You pick teammates you know you can collaborate with, trust, lean on for support and ultimately win the game with. Design-Build has many advantages to ensuring a successful completed project when working together as a team. Read more
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