Return of the Master Builder

by Michael J. Taylor, P.E., (M.ASCE), Gen. Mgr. for Constr. and Design/Build; Environmental Resour. Mgmt.�Rocky Mountain, Greenwood Village, CO,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 2000, Vol. 70, Issue 3, Pg. 40-43

Document Type: Feature article


As projects become more complex and clients demand streamlined design and construction approaches, more consulting companies are attempting to add hard-dollar construction to their scope. Many consulting engineering firms have attempted to expand their services by acquiring a construction firm, but making this quantum jump has many pitfalls. Consultants and constructors tend to view many things�the client relationship, customer service, budgeting, scheduling, and management, for example�in different if not opposite ways. However, if these barriers are understood and addressed, success can be achieved to the benefit of the firm, its clientele, and the industry.

Subject Headings: Consulting services | Construction management | Construction companies | Client relationships | Scheduling | Project management | Industries

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