How to fix the construction industry

How to fix the construction industry

There are 1 comment on the Newsday story from Jan 14, 2008, titled How to fix the construction industry. In it, Newsday reports that:

Manhattan-based construction consultant Barry LePatner will spread the gospel of what he sees as an "industry that time forgot" at the Long Island Association Wednesday morning.

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Poughquag, NY

#1 Jan 14, 2008
{quote}Contrary to most of his readers' expectations, LePatner adds, he found that union contractors are "slightly more efficient" than nonunion workers because apprenticeship programs train laborers to work faster.{quote}

First and foremost, laborers are only one of the "TRADES" used in the construction industry. Most of the other "TRADES" are highly specialized, requiring YEARS of careful instruction and schooled learning in order to complete jobs and compete in todays extremely competitive market.

Your article makes no reference to LePartner's expertise on the subject. Let alone the fact that he misses considering that some of the "TRADES" are actually "PROFESSIONS", legally licensed professionals plying their trade. The "UNION" TRADES tend to be MUCH more efficient due to the availability of educational outlets and requirements of their workers.

Most waste on the construction jobs in todays "FAST TRACK" jobs, including skyscrapers which push the envelope of scheduling -vs- safety comes from the inability of the design and engineer teams, financiers and ultimately the construction management teams in place on the job sites. The skilled trades know their jobs, the lack of co-ordination via the "G.C.'s is almost criminal, they take all profitable expectations out of the job due to their wate. Hence why a contractor must lay "CLAIMS" to a job, when scheduling can not be met due to interference caused by other trades obstructing the ability to get the job done. It's almost as bad as watching those old Keystone Cop movies sometimes today... It's amazing more aren't getting killed.

Contractors and Tradesman would love nothing better to return to the "OLD" way of starting a job after a fully approved co-ordinated set of drawings is utilized for "BID" purposes and then actually build out the job with said documents, but LePartner will not be able to turn back the clock, this ship sailed some 17 years ago... Today you bid a job and before you actually start it their are several revisions to the drawings, spec's or what not... Good Luck with that!

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