Entries by Tom Conzelman

Contractors Are Not Commodities!

General contractors are not commodities. Neither are architects or engineers. A commodity is a good or service without differentiation except price. In today’s design and construction environment, contractors, architects and engineers are often considered interchangeable parts of the real property improvement process. Nothing could be further from the truth – or as expensive and risky! […]

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Three Types of Construction Estimating Techniques

(…Everyone Uses Whether They Know It or Not) There are a gazillion types of software, programs, catalogs and/or other tools for estimating construction costs. But all of these price-delivery tools fall into one of three basic categories. Analogous Parametric Bottom-Up What do these mean? How are they used? Which one should you use? Glad you […]

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Are You a Smokejumper or a Smokey Bear?

Pre-planning is to a project’s success what Smokey Bear is to wildfires. A Smokejumper is a well-trained expert who plunges into active wildfires in a remote or inaccessible area. Often times with nothing more than the gear on their back. Smokey Bear on the other hand is a friendly iconic reminder that prevention is the […]

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Low Bid Contracts: Be Careful What You Ask For

In an earlier post, we talked about some of the pitfalls of low-bid-only procurement processes, including points like the absence of a relationship between low-bid and total cost. This time I’m going to share more, equally important, pitfalls of the low-bid only process. The low-bid-only process significantly increases the client’s exposure to risk. The three […]

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Where Can Contractors File Suit? Forum-Selection Clause Issues Resolved by US Supreme Court

Construction projects often involve a prime contractor located in one state and sub-contractors located in one or more other states.  The construction project itself may be located in another state entirely. But when there is a falling out between the parties, where can or should the lawsuit be filed?  Some contractors, in a position to […]

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Think Low-Bid Delivers the Lowest Cost? Think Again.

Think Low Bids Deliver the Lowest Cost? You’d be Wrong. It never ceases to surprise me when a procurement executive insists on selecting professional engineers or contractors exclusively on the lowest bid. This often repeated process never saves money in the long run. In fact, it’s only correlated with a higher risk of defects, delays […]

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Apex Project Consulting Aids HID Global’s Consolidation of North American Operations in Austin, TX

    March 6, 2014–Apex Project Consulting has successfully completed its engagement with HID Global to plan and implement the transition of its U.S. headquarters from California to a new 250,000-square- foot manufacturing and distribution center in Austin, Texas, Apex President Tom Conzelman announced today. Apex was hired by HID Global in August 2011 to […]

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The Impact of Interest Rates on Improvements
to Commercial and Industrial Projects

  Thinking about designing and constructing a new facility during 2014? I’m recommending to my clients now that, in light of the current economic situation, they be extra careful in selecting and executing any sizeable projects. This is a time for great gains…or great risks. Check out this Wall Street Journal article by Constance Mitchell […]

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