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Construction Contracting: A Practical Guide to Company Management, 8th Edition

ISBN: 978-1-119-02542-9
688 pages
March 2015
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The definitive contracting reference for the construction industry, updated and expanded

Construction Contracting, the industry's leading professional reference for five decades, has been updated to reflect current practices, business methods, management techniques, codes, and regulations. A cornerstone of the construction library, this text presents the hard-to-find information essential to successfully managing a construction company, applicable to building, heavy civil, high-tech, and industrial construction endeavors alike. A wealth of coverage on the basics of owning a construction business provides readers with a useful "checkup" on the state of their company, and in-depth exploration of the logistics, scheduling, administration, and legal aspects relevant to construction provide valuable guidance on important facets of the business operations. This updated edition contains new coverage of modern delivery methods, technology, and project management.

The field of construction contracting comprises the entire set of skills, knowledge, and conceptual tools needed to successfully own or manage a construction company, as well as to undertake any actual project. This book gives readers complete, up-to-date information in all of these areas, with expert guidance toward best practices.

  • Learn techniques for accurate cost estimating and effective bidding
  • Understand construction contracts, surety bonds, and insurance
  • Explore project time and cost management, with safety considerations
  • Examine relevant labor law and labor relations techniques

Between codes, standards, laws, and regulations, the construction industry presents many different areas with which the manager needs to be up to date, on top of actually doing the day-to-day running of the business. This book provides it all under one cover – for the project side and the business side, Construction Contracting is a complete working resource in the field or office.

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Table of Contents

1. The Construction Industry 1

2. Business Ownership 48

3. Company Organization 63

4. Project Design and Contract and Bid Documents for a Project 80

5. Cost Estimating and Bidding 104

6. Construction Contract Provisions 168

7. Contract Surety Bonds 192

8. Construction Insurance 213

9. Business Methods 253

10. Project Management and Administration 302

11. Project Time Management 335

12. Project Cost Management 361

13. Labor Law 391

14. Labor Relations 420

15. Project Safety 444

Appendix A. Instructions to Bidders 465

Appendix B. AIA Document B101-2007 Standard Form of Agreement between Owner and Architect 468

Appendix C. Construction Specification Institute MasterFormat 2014 490

Appendix D. AIA Document A201-2007 General Conditions of the Contract for Construction 491

Appendix E. Supplementary Conditions 530

Appendix F. Sample Lump-Sum Proposal Form, with Reference to Addenda, and Alternates 536

Appendix G. AIA Document A101-2007 Standard Form of Agreement between Owner and Contractor Where the Basis of Payment is a Stipulated Sum 538

Appendix H. AIA Document A102-2007, Standard Form of Agreement between Owner and Contractor Where the Basis of Payment is the Cost of the Work Plus a Fee with a Guaranteed Maximum Price 546

Appendix I. AIA Document A310-2010 Bid Bond 560

Appendix J. AIA Document A312-2010 Performance Bond 562

Appendix K. AIA Document A312-2010 Payment Bond 567

Appendix L. AGC Document 655 Standard Form of Agreement between Contractor and Subcontractor 572

Appendix M. AIA A401-2007 Standard Form of Agreement between Contractor and Subcontractor 592

Appendix N. Construction Industry Arbitration Rules and Mediation Procedures of the American Arbitration Association 607

Appendix O. Typical Construction Company General Ledger Accounts 668

Index 673

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Author Information

RICHARD H. CLOUGH, deceased, was the Dean of the College of Engineering, University of New Mexico. He was a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and has long been considered one of the leading American educators in construction engineering and management.

GLENN A. SEARS is an active consultant in construction technology and management. He is Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering, University of New Mexico.

S. KEOKI SEARS is a Project Manager and owner of Project Catalyst Corporation, based in Durango, Colorado. He has extensive experience managing large heavy civil and high-tech construction projects worldwide.

ROBERT O. SEGNER is Professor of Construction Science in the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University. He has been a faculty member for more than 30 years, and became a construction educator following a number of years of practice in the construction industry at the superintendent, project manager, and executive levels.

JERALD L. ROUNDS is Associated General Contractors Endowed Chair in Construction Management and Construction Engineering at the University of New Mexico. He served as project manager on a number of commercial building projects prior to more than 30 years as a construction educator.

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