Author Archives: Brad Larson

Sure Signs Your Contractor Will Be Late

“We had to fire our contractor and we wanted to see if you’d be interested in helping us finish the project.” Gulp. Our client was in trouble, and they needed some help. Taking over for a terminated general contractor is usually a mess—okay, always a mess. But this client is an important relationship and they […]

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How to Create a Horrible Construction Department

Corporate construction departments are crucial to the success of a growing company. Often behind the scenes doing thankless work, the construction department is tasked with getting facilities built and opened. Regardless of whether it’s a new restaurant, store, or a regional support office, the construction folks are mission-critical. From good to bad to worse, we’ve […]

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Do Not Confuse Activity With Achievement

Legendary coach John Wooden once said, “Do not confuse activity with achievement”. What he was getting at, and this has become truer and truer over the years, is that while we like to measure ourselves by our work hours what really matters is what gets done. In the commerical construction industry, there is certainly plenty […]

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9 Rules for Successful Construction Projects

Construction projects are managed chaos. If projects aren’t carefully planned and executed, they are like a slow-moving tornado of money and people and building materials. For one, contractors have earned their bad reputations. Too many contractors are nonresponsive, slow, and unprofessional. And then there’s rain. Oh yeah, and then there’s local municipalities. And bankers. And […]

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