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Pre-Con versus Free-Con: Expectations for Preconstruction Services in a GMP Project

A Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) is a construction delivery method involving a fixed cost of construction plus a fee. The GMP is gaining prevalence in the construction industry, because it gives an owner more control and confidence in the financial viability of a project at a much earlier stage. This is possible, because it offers a look at a maximum cost of construction during the preconstruction / design phase, before the process gets too far down the road. The GMP is often finalized BEFORE the 100% Construction Documents (CD) are published; typically, being provided at 75% - 80% CD completion. Read more>

White Paper: Recommendation on Flooring Installation Failures

As an industry, we have had an ever-increasing number of flooring installation failures over the past decade. While we strive for success in all facets of our projects, flooring, specifically resilient flooring, has been a real challenge due to the never ending balance of form and function. It's fair to say most failures can be attributed to the use of innovative, emerging "Green" flooring products, water-based adhesives, lack of proper concrete substrate testing, lack of proper concrete substrate preparation, inadequate or inappropriate specifications, poor contractor performance, or a combination of these factors. In response we, as industry professionals, need to be prepared on each and every job for the variety of pre-existing environmental conditions that could exist regarding flooring and in most cases the concrete substrate. Read more >

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