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John Anderson

Sustainability, Beyond the Initial Certification. Our Work is Not Done.

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The services, consultation and design provided by your Architect should create a culture and awareness of environmental responsibility for your building occupants, visitors and facility managers.   However, when it comes to creating a “Green” or “Sustainable” project, the work to ensure the long-term benefits of your initial investment are achieved should continue well beyond the initial design, construction and occupancy of your building.
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CMAR – What Does It Mean?

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The use of Construction Manager as form of project delivery is being utilized more frequently now than it has in the past few years.  There are pros and cons to the varying forms of project delivery such as Design-Bid-Build, Design-Build, Construction Manager, and the new trends toward Integrated Project Delivery.

Suffice it to say that the private sector has embraced the use of Construction Manager delivery systems for many years.  The advantages include faster schedules, joint development of design documents between the Architect and the Constructor, open and transparent cost of the work including fees, and less cost overruns (if done properly).  Because of this our local government agencies are now utilizing Construction Manager methods to deliver more of their projects on behalf of their using agencies.

As with any form of project delivery the Construction Manager process must be approached differently by the Owner, Architect and Contractor.  Failure to understand and adapt to the new roles each party plays will diminish any advantages offered in this delivery method.  Adapting to these new roles is even more important for government agencies that have operated under the Design-Bid-Build methods for so many years.

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My Story: John Anderson

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If you ask me “why I got into Architecture?” you would get a much different answer now than when I started my career thirty years ago.  In fact, my answer would change every few years based on career and life experiences.  As we cycled through the economic depression of the past couple years my most recent answer may have been “why the hell did I get into Architecture?”  The effects of the downturn, which reduced our profession by 60% and had construction activity at a near halt, made us all question ourselves and our business.  Yet, I still love what I do.

When I started my career I did not have a designed path to follow; nor, did I choose Architecture -it, more or less, just happened to me.  Although, I believe certain aspects of what Architects do is in my blood and in my nature.

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