Entries by Tom Conzelman

Does Design-Build Save Tenants Money?

A simple question, yes? Yet few topics elicit more passion among architects and contractors than a discussion of the best method to deliver design and construction services to tenants and owners. Design-build is no exception. To some, design-build is a project delivery system. Others say it’s a professional services procurement process; a contractual arrangement that […]

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What Are You Really Going to do About Change Orders?

For most tenants or owners the answer is: surprisingly little. Buy why?  The answer lies in an inconspicuous, often overlooked spot in the real property design & construction supply chain: the contract. The reason is deceptively simple.  Once a contract for architectural or general construction services is signed, the scope and body of the agreement […]

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Apex Provides Project Management for Donor Network West’s New Corporate Headquarters

Donor Network West, a federally designated procurement agency for organ donations, has relocated its corporate headquarters from Oakland to San Ramon. Out of several project management firms interviewed, Donor Network West confidently partnered with Apex Project Consulting to successfully oversee the architectural, engineering, on-site construction, furniture and move management. The final touches on the 41,000 […]

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Apex Project Consulting Completes Major Improvements to Newest Logomark Facility

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -June 15, 2015 Apex Project Consulting, Inc., successfully completed comprehensive electrical system improvements, including a massive 400A to 2,500A electrical service upgrade for newest Logomark’s production facility in Santa Ana, CA. The new, approximately 10,000 SF facility gives Logomark expanded, cutting edge capabilities to produce their own high-caliber printed materials. This humidity […]

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Why I’m Gone From GoToMeeting.com (and other lessons companies ignore)

I’m gone from GoToMeeting.com. Maybe you should be as well. It may be too late for GoToMeeting.com to learn the lessons I’ll share here, but maybe they’ll resonate with you. And save your business. I’m an early adopter – just the kind of customer GoToMeeting.com needed in early 2007. At that time, the next nearest […]

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You Should Negotiate Your Own Lease

You should negotiate your own lease. After all, what could possibly go wrong? Operating expenses, subordination, rent increases, building repairs, force majeure, and property taxes are all problems for pikers. Not you. You’re the master of market trends. A titan of triple net. The commander of CAM charges. You’ve got significant C-level spending authority, and […]

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The Myth of “Open-Book” Construction Contracts

The “open-book” construction contracting method is at best a false choice and at worst a fraud.  The reason? The “open-book” construction process promises value but fails to deliver any rational business benefits. Only myth, misunderstanding, or meme, explain away this procurement process shortcut. But why is it irrational? Let’s start by defining terms. Most everyone has a working […]

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Can You Tell Which Contract Cost the Client an Additional $1.2 million?

Can you tell which of the contracts above cost the client $1.2 million in additional change orders and which one didn’t? Here’s a hint: both agreements were touched by the same attorney. Thus, it’s not the legal Terms & Conditions. Give up? As a tenant or occupier of real property, your core business is something other […]

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Without This, You’ve Got Nothing

“Do you know what the secret of life is?” Curly holds up one finger. Mitch replies, “Your finger?” “One thing. Just one thing,” says Curly. “But, what is the “one thing?” Curly smiles. “That’s what you have to find out.” City Slickers, 1991. Social media, business journals, white papers and blogs are saturated with guidance […]

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