Monthly Archives: May 2009

Construction Documents Coordination Matrix

It may look a little “geeky”, but this matrix can be an effective tool for considering interdisciplinary coordination needs. The design disciplines for a project are listed across the top and down one side. The intersection points represent coordination between

Posted in Construction Documents, Design, Practice Management, Project Administration, Project Management, Specifications

Construction Documents Peer Review

Joe Iano (see Iano’s backfill ) shared with me an approach to quality review of construction documents that is used by a prominent firm where he is employed in Seattle (see the AIA 2009 Honor Award Firm of the Year

Posted in Construction Documents, Design, Practice Management

The 50-50 Rule

Jobs vary in the proportion of time required for technical work (“stuff”) vs. people work (communication, cooperation, management, etc.). Some jobs may consist of less than 50% stuff, but most jobs done effectively require at least 50% people work. If

Posted in Design, Practice Management, Project Management, Specifications

More Doors and Doorways (Spain)

Copyright Albert R. Russell 2009

Posted in Design, Sights

Doors and Doorways (Spain)

Copyright Albert R. Russell 2009

Posted in Design, Sights

The Architect’s role at the construction site

As construction began on a building, the architect’s field representative was approached by the electrical subcontractor. The subcontractor wanted the architect’s approval to install all distribution conduit at a specific level and prior to construction of interior partitions and mechanical

Posted in Construction Administration, Project Management

Masonry Design: Not-Quite-Through-Wall Flashing

Through-wall flashing is a common water management feature of masonry cavity wall and veneer construction. It is most effective if its outer edge is beyond the outer face of the wall and is turned down to form a drip edge

Posted in Construction Administration, Construction Documents, Design, Masonry, Specifications

Change Order Process Diagrams

Comment on this post to request a pdf copy of these process diagrams. Copyright Albert R. Russell 2009

Posted in Construction Administration, Project Administration, Project Management

Email is Snail Mail for some

We all have our preferred means of communication, and we are inclined in this digital age to think that faster is better. But, in some situations, exclusive use of lightning speed technology may actually delay communication. The growing popularity of

Posted in Construction Administration, Design, Practice Management, Project Administration, Project Management

Can you recognize a flat tire?

One architect, when interviewing prospective employees, would typically say, “You may have to mow the lawn sometimes.” There wasn’t much lawn to mow around that office, but the statement was an effective way of saying that we all have to

Posted in Design, Practice Management


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