Beware providing performance bond when general contractor isn't | Clarify key issues with builders' risk insurance | Pull planning assembles stakeholders to reverse-engineer schedules
April 26, 2017
SpecCon's SmartBrief
News targeted for specialty contractors
Growing Your Business
Beware providing performance bond when general contractor isn't
Given the fundamental nature of bonds and the obligations they bring, subcontractors should be doubly careful when providing a payment and performance bond on a project when the general contractor is not doing so. In that situation, the subcontractor may find himself "looking uphill for payment and may face contractual issues from a 'pay if paid' clause to flow down notice and other provisions from the prime contract," writes construction lawyer Christopher Hill. (4/5) 
LinkedIn Twitter Facebook Google+ Email
Clarify key issues with builders' risk insurance
Builders' risk insurance, otherwise known as an "all risk" policy, insures projects during the construction phase and mustn't be overlooked, writes attorney Peter Strniste. Several prominent BRI issues should be addressed in contract negotiations, including who pays, who is insured and who will bear responsibility for policy deductibles, he contends.
Construction Law Zone (4/12) 
LinkedIn Twitter Facebook Google+ Email
Pull planning assembles stakeholders to reverse-engineer schedules
Pull planning, in which all major stakeholders in a project come together to reverse-engineer the schedule, can be an effective way to encourage more streamlined processes and trim project schedules. The collaborative method tends to highlight potential roadblocks as well as excess built-in time that can be eliminated.
Construction Dive (4/20) 
LinkedIn Twitter Facebook Google+ Email
Regulations to Watch
How contractor may be considered employers of subcontractor's workers
A contractor may be considered as the employer of a subcontractor's employees if the contractor has or shares the power to direct or supervise the workers directly or indirectly, writes Michael Lord. Other factors that can lead to an employer designation include whether a contractor can directly or indirectly fire such workers and whether the contractor shares or allocates responsibility for payroll, workers' compensation insurance or the provision of equipment and materials needed for work. Mullen (4/14) 
LinkedIn Twitter Facebook Google+ Email
Lawmakers seek delay of NLRB's joint-employer standard
A letter signed by 55 Republicans and three Democrats asked a House subcommittee to add provisions to the 2018 budget that would delay the new joint-employer standard from the National Labor Relations Board. "This new joint-employer standard would hold businesses liable for management and actions of workers they do business with, but don't actually employ or control," the letter notes.
The Hill (4/6) 
LinkedIn Twitter Facebook Google+ Email
New Bluebeam Revu 2017
Bluebeam Revu is the digital workflow and collaboration solution trusted by +1 million AEC professionals worldwide. Revu 2017 delivers enhanced PDF-based takeoff & workflow automation tools that span the entire project lifecycle. Download a trial
Tech You Need to Know About
Tech startup looks to transform construction industry
A California startup is hoping to disrupt the construction industry by applying the principles of electronics manufacturing. The company says it uses digital technology, assembly line processes and just-in-time supply principles to prevent waste in construction.
Xconomy/San Francisco (4/17) 
LinkedIn Twitter Facebook Google+ Email
Safety Updates & Procedures
Simplify decision-making on construction sites to minimize risk
Safety often requires decision-making but, given our human nature, we often make bad decisions or fail to make any decision at all, says Thomas "TJ" Lyons, safety director in New York with Gilbane Building. To minimize the risk of such human failings on construction sites, "we must remove the chance for someone to make a poor decision or remember to make that decision," he writes.
Engineering News-Record (4/19) 
LinkedIn Twitter Facebook Google+ Email
Training & Retaining Crews
AR part of Bechtel's new training facility
Bechtel has opened a facility in Texas to train welders and construction workers. The welding and applied technology center uses both augmented reality and virtual training.
Construction Dive (4/19) 
LinkedIn Twitter Facebook Google+ Email
Hands-on training could foster interest in construction
Only 3% of young adults express any interest in entering the construction trades, and a large majority of people undecided about their future say they probably wouldn't consider the field regardless of the pay offered, according to a survey by the National Association of Home Builders. Experts say more hands-on and technical training could help spur greater interest, especially industry-driven programs targeting high-school students and people in correctional institutions.
Construction Dive (4/20) 
LinkedIn Twitter Facebook Google+ Email
The Economy
Construction starts increase 5% in March
Construction starts increase 5% in March
(Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Dodge Data & Analytics says new construction starts increased 5% in March, but, for the first three months of 2017, they are down 3% overall from last year. The $4.2 billion Rover pipeline and the $2.5 billion Mariner East 2 pipeline fueled much of the growth. (4/21) 
LinkedIn Twitter Facebook Google+ Email
AGC News
Join the AGC Business Development Forum LinkedIn Group
AGC Business Development Forum
The Business Development Forum of AGC of America has created a new platform for A/E/C professionals to network, gain insight into the latest construction market trends and share business development best practices! Join the Business Development Forum in their new LinkedIn group to find out more about the latest tips and trends in BD and how you can get involved in the AGC Business Development Forum.
LinkedIn Twitter Facebook Google+ Email
Learn more about SpecCon:
Specialty Contractors | Newsroom | Join AGC
Legislative Action | Bookstore | Construction Economics
The art of leadership is saying no, not yes. It is very easy to say yes.
Tony Blair,
prime minister
LinkedIn Twitter Facebook Google+ Email
Sign Up
SmartBrief offers 200+ newsletters
Learn more about the SmartBrief audience
Subscriber Tools:
Contact Us:
Advertising  -  Megan Kessler
P: 202.517.6295
Editor  -  Jennifer Hicks
Mailing Address:
SmartBrief, Inc.®, 555 11th ST NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20004
© 1999-2017 SmartBrief, Inc.®
Privacy policy |  Legal Information