Rare manslaughter conviction handed down to construction project manager for safety lapse

Shane Hedmond, at Construction Junkie, recently shared the following: Just last week, an Encino, California man was sentenced to 6 months in county jail and 18-months of supervised release after an excavation collapse killed one of his employees, according to the Ventura County Star.  The project manager, who was acting as an unlicensed contractor at … Continue reading Rare manslaughter conviction handed down to construction project manager for safety lapse

Is a third party or peer review of construction documents worth the time and money?

This is another article written by architect and expert Peter Lattey. Cost is one of the biggest reasons that project teams use to justify not implementing effective quality assurance practices. But as Peter illustrates, effective quality assurance, in the form of third-party peer review, reduces the overall cost by reducing RFIs and change orders. [Ed.] … Continue reading Is a third party or peer review of construction documents worth the time and money?

Quality Assurance vs. Quality Control – An SDGBC Lunch+LEED Event

If you aren't doing anything on Wenesday, 10 April 2013, and you'll be in the San Diego area, I invite you to join me for lunch. I have been invited to present at the next Lunch+LEED seminar, hosted by my friends at the San Diego Green Building Council. You may recall that last September I … Continue reading Quality Assurance vs. Quality Control – An SDGBC Lunch+LEED Event

Visit AEC Quality .com and learn how to deliver projects that are truly sustainable

On Friday, 12 September 2012, I will be speaking in Atlanta, GA at the Retail Design & Construction Conference - a national symposium focused on sustainable design and construction in the retail sector. My session, which has been approved by the AIA for continuing education units, is called Quality Assurance vs. Quality Control. Rather than … Continue reading Visit AEC Quality .com and learn how to deliver projects that are truly sustainable

Building Commissioning: Is it really the best method for managing construction quality?

Bill Reed proposes in The Integrative Design Guide to Green Building that building commissioning is "the current best method" for construction quality control. Reflective of that notion, commissioning has become an integral aspect of high performance buildings, particularly in the green building movement. But can it prevent construction defects? So what exactly is commissioning? According … Continue reading Building Commissioning: Is it really the best method for managing construction quality?