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A MESSAGE FROM THE BA PRESIDENT
lenty of things have changed since the days of Johnny Cash and Johnny Unitas, but to listen to some experts tell the tale, construction wasn’t one of them…until recently. At the Builders Association’s Annual Meeting in 2008, AGC of America President Doug Pruitt relayed a joke he’d heard that the construction industry had been “unstained by progress in the last 50 years.” According to the numbers Pruitt and many other industry executives were looking at, the way a building was constructed in 1958 was, with very few exceptions, the same as in 2008. Pruitt told the joke to underscore a point that still resonates with contractors, owners and developers alike: Construction has to become more productive, efﬁcient and economically sound, and it has to do so now. Developers who have made commitments to the newer methodologies in the industry – such as Building Information Modeling, Lean Construction and Integrated Project Delivery – have seen immediate results in buildings that are completed on time with fewer change orders and fewer longterm problems. They’re seeing all of these beneﬁts and usually seeing cost savings at the back end of the project. The same things are true for owners who choose contractors based on value rather than which has the lowest bid. Builders Association members are proud to have the only construction safety partnership in the Chicago area endorsed and participated in by OSHA. The commitments that these contractors have made to safety and training make a signiﬁcant impact on the bottom line of any project. In this issue of Building Chicago, you’ll read features on the ﬁnancial issues that you face every day in your effort to make buildings a reality. It’s my belief that the ﬁnancial advantages offered by BIM, Lean and other efﬁciency efforts are a key factor in relieving pressure on owners and developers and allowing the industry to grow. It’s my hope that in the coming years, our member contractors hear a greater demand for BIM, Lean and IPD from every owner and developer with whom they work. A
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Building Chicago - Spring/Summer 2012
A Message from the Builders Association President
Do You Know Where Your Information is Today? …you may want to get some cloud cover.
Public-Private Partnerships in the U.S. The perfect storm.
Four Sustainability Trends to Watch in 2012 Sustainable development enters a new phase.
Member Projects Continuing to “Build Chicago.”
Questions Abound in Financial Outlook Prospects and predictions.
Index of Advertisers
Building Chicago - Spring/Summer 2012