AWCI's Construction Dimensions: Articles: Feature Articles
How to Attract and Keep Skilled Workers
As you know, the industry is experiencing a severe shortage of skilled construction labor.
And, as many of you have already observed from time to time, it’s a broad cultural change toward an emphasis
Small Business Owners: Stop Overpaying on Taxes!
If you’re a small business owner, you know: The quest for revenue is never-ending. That means, besides chasing new customers, you’re also scouring your expenses to see where you might make cuts. What does Eric
The Truth about Architectural Bid Packages
Construction estimating is a great career (OK, being Meagan Markle is better), but I’d be lacking if I didn’t confess a complaint or two. No, it’s not the relentless, unforgiving deadlines, nor the paralyzing
Are You a Self-Determined Manager?
The best managers intentionally create an environment where employees thrive and great work gets done. To become what David Deacon calls “self-determined,” you must make a choice every day and never, ever let
Computerized Estimating Systems
Just so we’re clear, computers are the bomb. I’m 61 now, but I took my first sip of computer Kool-Aid back in the late 1970s, and I’ve been guzzling ever since. I also (through no design of my own) wound up be
No longer a plaything of gadget-lovers, drones are making serious inroads with wall and ceiling contractors, enabling those businesses to save significant dollars on surveying, creating 3D renderings of jobs o
As life cycles on, another generation has arrived on the scene: Generation Z.
Gen Z’s oldest members are now 22. And they’re bold, entrepreneurial and technologically well equipped. Soon they’ll be on
Doing Submittals Right
Before retiring last year, I spent the previous quarter century as a senior estimator/project manager for a mid-size commercial general contractor in the Midwest. It was fast-paced, rewarding work, and one of
Technology to the Rescue?
Construction technology continues to advance and almost daily offers contractors new tools to meet both long-term growth and efficiency goals—as artificial intelligence analytics, drone hardware-software combi
The Economy: Steady as She Goes?
Both Dodge Data and Analytics and Associated Builders and Contractors report great October 2018 figures for construction starts and unemployment, although ABC does point out that material prices continue to ri
Customer Loyalty Guaranteed?
A while back, I was sitting in on a late Monday morning meeting with my boss and a client (let’s call him “Bob”) with whom we’d completed a building project some years prior. Bob was upset. A fierce storm had
Handing Over the Reins
Many of you have spent a significant part of your lives planning, creating, nursing, growing, consoling, celebrating, aggravating over (kept up at night by), directing and managing this rambunctious baby known
The High-Tech/High-Trust Balance
Technology does a lot but it can’t do everything. Sometimes we forget that. We can get so dependent on email and social media that we lose sight of what people really need from us—especially in business. Yes,