Should Fast Track be Derailed?

by Rita Robison, Assoc. Ed.; Civil Engineering—ASCE, New York, NY 10017,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1987, Vol. 57, Issue 1, Pg. 52-54

Document Type: Feature article


Engineers, architects and owners believe that fast track construction is a great idea when it works, but serious problems can arise. Some engineers feel that the owner reaps all the benefits of speed, but all the risk falls to the engineer, who is not paid a realistic fee. In a classic fast track building project, the foundations are constructed while working drawings are being completed and the structural system erected while interiors are being designed. Few projects are organized in this manner, so the description is more apt to be semi-fast track, expedited construction or phased construction. Examples are a Chicago office building and a mixed use commercial and retail plaza in San Antonio.

Subject Headings: Owners | Commercial buildings | Building design | Foundation design | Structural systems | Architects | Fast track construction | Risk management | United States | Chicago | Illinois | Texas

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