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Two Easy Ways For Architects And Engineers To Minimize Risk On Projects

Today I want to share two amazing lessons, based on actual stories involving real architects and engineers. (Sadly, one of these is about a firm that lost $100,000, which they could have easily avoided.) First, some background. For me, one of the best parts of being a risk management specialist is that I get to …

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The Philadelphia Salvation Army Tragedy: Three Easy Ways Architects Can Avoid Liability

This may sound shocking, but as an architect, you can be held legally liable for injuries and damages at a construction project, even if you have no direct involvement. Sometimes, if you have no involvement at all. I know it seems unfair. As an architect, you have virtually no control over day-to-day construction. Yet the …

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5 easy ways architects can increase their profits

Running an architecture firm—large or small—is full of challenges. Employee retention, new business development, and keeping current with technologies are just a few of the issues that partners and principals must manage on a daily basis. Yet as critical are they are, financial matters too frequently get bumped down on the agenda. The consequence of …

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Harness the connection between managing risk and increasing profitability, Part 2

In Part 1, we covered taking control of the submittals schedule and managing RFIs. Let’s move on to properly allocating substitutions and limiting change orders.  In our previous post, we began discussing how you, the AE professional, can control the flow of information during the construction phase and, at the same time, create strategies to manage risk, …

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Harness the connection between managing risk and increasing profitability, Part 1

As an architect or engineer, it’s important to anticipate potential issues and problems that can—and usually do—arise during the construction phase of a project. As you probably know by now, issues don’t typically arise during the design phase, when you have the most control and the best leverage with the owner.  Unfortunately, problems usually happen …

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Value engineering: How to manage the process and limit the risk of VE

As an ideal, the underlying intentions of value engineering seem noble. Truly, discarding elements of a design that add extraneous costs but do not make a significant contribution to a building’s performance or appearance can be a useful tool when correctly utilized. But in practice, value engineering (VE) is often a less than ideal experience, …

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Developing a strategy for getting paid on time

Many architects and engineers don’t like to talk about money. This isn’t to say that architects aren’t good business people, it’s just that money typically is not the reason an architect or engineer is drawn to their career; it’s about design. However, your clients – owners, developers, institutions, and corporations – are used to discussing …

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