Building Chicago -Fall/Winter 2012 - (Page 4)
A MESSAGE FROM THE BA PRESIDENT
hether it was a used car, a piece of overpriced furniture or that house that looked like a fixer-upper and turned out to be a fixer-downer, we’ve all been there. It never feels good to be disappointed in your purchase decision. True as that is, it gives us an opportunity to learn from our past experience. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist – or even a ﬁfth-grader – to deduce what most of us in this industry see as undeniable law: You get what you pay for. In this issue of Building Chicago, you’ll ﬁnd contract comparisons, recent news from the world of construction defect defense and other items that highlight the legal side of building. I think broaching those topics makes this magazine a great
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guide to have, but the goal is to of course not end up in court but to get what you want in the ﬁrst place. Taking time to select a contractor based on the best value rather than who comes in with the lowest bid could help building owners and developers with those issues. It’s easy to see the appeal of a low number when the bids come in for that retail complex, hospital or warehouse you’re putting up. What might not be easy to see are the hidden costs that could arise during construction. Unfortunately, excessive change orders, logistical difﬁculties and unsatisfactory performance can turn that “bargain” into something different very quickly. Best Value Contracting awards projects on a combination of price and qualiﬁcation, allowing owners, developers and other construction purchasers to look at a number of other factors outside of price before making a decision. Emphasizing contractor performance as well as price encourages fair competition and can also give owners a better sense of accountability from the team they choose to work with. At the Builders Association, we’re proud to have on our roster many of the most reliable and best value contractors in the Chicagoland area. Through years of construction of landmarks great and small in Chicago, our suburbs and throughout the country, these companies have proven their capability to get things done on time and under budget, using the most modern techniques available to create sustainable, long-lasting structures. Price is no doubt a big component of your decision, but be sure to take the time to know the capabilities and quality of each contractor, as well. It’ll help all of us keep in mind that if something looks too good to be true on paper, chances are it is. A
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Building Chicago -Fall/Winter 2012
A Message from the Builders Association President
A Bag of Mixed Greens
I’m Covered by Insurance when the Roof Leaks, Right?
A Method to No Madness
Index of Advertisers
Building Chicago -Fall/Winter 2012