Causes of Delay in the Construction Industry

by John R. Baldwin, Instructor in Mathematics and Comp. Sci.; Mercyhurst Coll., Erie, PA; Vice Pres., Baldwin Brothers, Inc., Erie, PA,
James M. Manthei, (A.M.ASCE), Civ. Engr.; Joseph P. Jansen Co., Milwaukee, WI,
Harold Rothbart, (M.ASCE), Asst. City Admin. for Envir. Engrg.; Ann Arbor, MI,
Robert B. Harris, (F.ASCE), Prof. of Civ. Engrg.; Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI,

Serial Information: Journal of the Construction Division, 1971, Vol. 97, Issue 2, Pg. 177-187

Document Type: Journal Paper


The results obtained from a nationwide survey of architects, engineers, and contractors into the causes of construction industry delays are presented. Seventeen items were examined: weather; labor supply; material shortage; equipment failure; finances; manufactured items; construction mistakes; design changes; foundation conditions; permits; shop drawings; sample approvals; building codes; subcontractors; contracts; jurisdictional disputes; and inspections. Those found to be most important are described in an effort to suggest ways to reduce costly delays.

Subject Headings: Construction industry | Contractors and subcontractors | Construction materials | Material failures | Construction equipment | Foundation design | Project delay | Surveys (non-geomatic)

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