Category: SJCC

Inventory Tracking: A Money Saver

Executive Summary: Construction companies have inventories that should be managed to improve efficiency and, in turn, improve the bottom line. Consider a mobile solution or […]

Top 10: Basic Business Etiquette

Executive Summary: Landing the work has enough challenges in meeting the scope, schedule, and cost requirements of the client. You’re defeating yourself if you can’t […]

The Unilateral Change Order

  Executive Summary: The purpose of a change order is to add work to an existing contract. Ideally, this work is added with mutually agreeable terms […]

Project Management Triple Constraint

Executive Summary: There’s an adage, fast/cheap/good, pick any two. This relates to the Project Management Triple Constraint. It also has other names like Iron Triangle […]

Cost versus Price

Executive Summary: Cost and price are two different measures of money in a construction bid. Knowing the difference is fundamental and can improve profit. What […]

Two for Today: Taxes and Fuel

Download PDF Executive Summary: Do two things today to improve your company: (1) check to make sure you are current on your 940 and 941 […]

A Quickie on DEF

Executive Summary: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency implemented a rule on May 11, 2004 [QR1] which rocked the construction industry. It has made DEF (Diesel […]

Credit Unions versus Banks

Executive Summary: A credit union is a viable option for many small businesses. Consider the advantages of a credit union over a traditional bank. What […]

Standardized Contracts and ConsensusDocs: a Win-Win

Download PDF Executive Summary: Standardized contracts provide tremendous benefit to the construction industry – they benefit the owner and the contractor. ConsensusDocs is the leading standardized […]

A Cheap Lawyer

Download PDF Executive Summary: Construction projects are becoming more and more litigious. The cost of outside counsel is practically its own line item in a […]

Letters – Keep them Simple & Discrete

Download PDF   Executive Summary: Written communication is a skill every good project manager must have. Knowing how to write a letter is critical during […]

Temperature Effects on Productivity

Download PDF Executive Summary: Effects of weather on labor productivity can be difficult to quantify. Consider efficiency factors generated by the National Electrical Contractor’s Association […]

Unbalancing a Bid and Cash Flow

Executive Summary:  Cash flow is vital to a contractor’s survival.  Taking advantage of setting unit prices in a bid, and also knowing cash strangle points […]

Build your Business into a Machine

Download PDF Executive Summary: Without solid processes and controls in place, too many decisions can be left in the hands of employees who approach things in […]

Divisional Separation: Pure Crap

Executive Summary: Companies lose money and affect reputation by divisive behavior between divisions. Work to make this better by improving morale, efficiency, and the bottom […]

Why Hire a Management Consultant?

  Executive Summary: Consultants sometimes carry a bad rap for what they do. They’re expensive and actual or perceived value is not recognized in their […]

I See Claims…

Download PDF Executive Summary: Construction is a litigious business. Often times the signs were right in front of you from day one. Pay attention and […]

Proposal Terms and Conditions

  Listen Read PDF Executive Summary: Submitting a clear and concise proposal is an important step in getting the project off on the right foot. […]

It’s Concrete, not Cement.

Executive Summary: Defining concrete and cement. The common misconception. Once a month or so it seems I’m watching the news or listening to the radio […]

Construction Contract Review Basics

Executive Summary:  Each day we hand contracts down to our subs or we are signing contracts down from Owners or General Contractors.  Know some of […]

Top 3 Reasons to Leave Spreadsheets

Executive Summary:  The electronic spreadsheet is arguably the most common tool used in the industry for everything from construction documentation to estimating to human resources.  […]

Dead is the Handshake

Executive Summary: The “Steel Team” composed of fabricator and erector joined together to sue the owner and general contractor for failure to pay on changes. […]

Top 5 Uh-Oh Signs of a Client

Executive Summary: If you do not have a relationship with a client, or you are moving to a different management team within a familiar client, […]

Changes in the 2017 AIA A201/A101/A401 Documents

Executive Summary: Probably the most common construction contract documents in use in America are the AIA (American Institute of Architects) documents. The A101/A201 for Owner-General […]

An Alternative to Eichleay: HOOP!

Executive Summary: Contractors delayed by the owner often want to be reimbursed ‘x’ dollars per ‘y’ days for the cost of home office overhead. Most […]

Getting Paid: Some Suggestions

Executive Summary: The law* provides the rules of getting paid in construction. Sometimes contractors must use the law, other times there are other easier (less […]

What’s a Banking Covenant?

Executive Summary: What are banking covenants? Banking covenants are conditions put upon a borrower by the bank. Although they can be general in nature, they […]

The Power of Habit

Executive Summary: Although policies can be created overnight, getting them to function and last in your organization takes time. Read here about the value of […]

Small Tools Tracking Software – Get It!

Executive Summary: Estimates vary on the financial loss suffered by contractors due to lost or stolen tools. Pick any number you want, it’s certainly worth […]

Choosing a Professional Services Provider

Executive Summary: There are many factors in determining who should provide your firm professional services. Read on to find that it’s more than just their […]

The Good and the Bad of Contracting

Executive Summary:  Contracting can be the most fantastic of businesses, but also one of the toughest.  Read about some of the things that make it […]

Consistency Results in Predictability

Executive Summary:  Sustaining a business, and more so growing a business, relies heavily on consistency in business practices.  Start today with improving your company’s practices […]

Killer Clauses: No Damages for Delay

Executive Summary:  A presentation on March 8, 2017at the 98th Annual AGC Convention reviewed ten (10) “killer clauses” in contracts.  The “No Damages for Delay […]

Need it or Want it?

Executive Summary: Develop behavioral cost controls in your employees by incubating a need versus want mentality on purchases. The ATM perception. Things look great – […]

Profit Fade – Avoiding It

Executive Summary: Reduce profit fade at the end of your projects by adjusting building habits and getting the right people in place to finish your […]

The Engineer Was Negligent

As published in Civil Engineering, February 2017  Click for PDF The Law in the June 2016 issue ( “Engineer Found Negligent for Not Verifying Product […]

Why track extra costs… and how?

Executive Summary: Whether you use a functional cost coding system to track the cost of your original scope or not, it is imperative that you […]

Notice – When in doubt, write it out!

Executive Summary: Looking at a recent case in the state of Washington, a contractor attempted to be compensated for additional cost resulting from the project […]

Do Something Awkward Every Day

Executive Summary: As a manager, it may be often that you run into a situation in which you must do something outside of your comfort […]

Owner Paralysis – i.e. Vapor Lock

Executive Summary: When a tragic event happens, even the roughest and tumble executives can suffer from decisional paralysis. I don’t mean physical paralysis in your […]

Incentive Clauses: Do they Work?

Executive Summary: Engineers have wondered if incentive clauses are a benefit to Owners in producing a timely, or accelerated, contract completion. My experience has been […]

The $5 Casio: Your Best Tool

Executive Summary: With all of today’s fancy and complex tools available in the marketplace, nothing is more important than simple calculations (and common sense). Rely […]

Embezzlement: Password Protection

Executive Summary:  Protecting your company passwords is like protecting any other asset.  Protect them or risk losing confidential information and/or thousands of dollars. What is […]

Choosing a Professional Services Provider

Executive Summary:  How do you pick an attorney, a banker, a certified public accountant, an insurance agent, or an engineer? General:  As a contractor, you […]

No good deed goes unpunished

Proverb #1: No good deed goes unpunished. I’ve got a couple of these proverbs up my sleeve when it comes to construction. This one I normally […]

Calculation of Owner’s Estimate

SJCC received the call to assist with the Owner’s estimate on this project due to the magnitude of the job and the accelerated pace of […]