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 | Client relationships | Construction companies | Construction management | Project management | Hydraulic design | Engineering firms | Budgets

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