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The Importance of Shop Drawings Reviewed By Architects

The Importance of Shop Drawings Reviewed By Architects

The Importance of Shop Drawings Reviewed By Architects should never be discounted. Many companies turn their shop drawings over to low-level staff members to review, yet doing so is often a mistake. It is best to allow an architect to review these documents, as doing so allows potential problems to be discovered early in the process. This helps to keep costs down for the contractor and helps to ensure he or she receives fair compensation for the job. If a problem is detected after work has begun, he or she is typically responsible for the cost overruns. This third party is often more objective and can see things those close to the project may overlook.

Companies often worry about taking this step simply because they don’t want to admit there was a design flaw to the client. The key to doing so without losing the client’s confidence is to identify the problem and provide potential solutions. This is less painful than completing the project only to find a problem is present and the system is flawed in one or more ways. The client definitely will not be happy in this situation.

The Contract Submittal Process For Shop Drawings

First and foremost, only submit those documents outlined in the contract that are required for review. The architect will review those documents, returning others without touching them. The contractor is the sole person who may submit these documents, as opposed to subcontractors or vendors. The general contractor is the one who coordinates the project, thus he or she needs to review the drawings. In addition, he or she sets the schedule for the project and the architect needs to adhere to it, taking into account the possible need for a resubmittal. Following the submittal process helps to keep the project on track. Finally, the contractor must ensure submittals meets specifications or the architect will return them to the contractor, which delays the process.

The architect examines these documents to ensure they conform with the design concept outlined in construction documents. They aren’t approving the means of construction, the method, the techniques, procedures, or sequences. Nor are they responsible for approving safety precautions.

Types of Submittals

The action submittals are those which require responsive action on the part of the architect and contain written and graphic information. Shop drawings fall under this category as do design submittals.

The information submittals are ones which don’t require approval from an architect. They only include written information and might be rejected in the event they don’t meet requirements. This includes certificates, supplier reports, and source quality control submittals.

Closeout submittals are required and cover everything from operation and maintenance manuals, record documents, and extra materials to submittal of warranties and bonds.

Maintenance material submittals are likewise required and include spare parts, tools, and extra stock materials.

The construction submittal process needs to be followed carefully to reduce risks for all parties. In addition, it must be monitored and managed at all times to detect problems and costly mistakes along with any risk of personal injury. However, changes to the shop drawings don’t override contract documents that have already been approved. Be aware that the architect must issue a change order or approved changes in the work or construction change directive before the contractor can legally disregard the contract and follow the architect’s directions. The contractor must ultimately comply with the contract documents, thus any changes made following the submittal of shop drawings or other documents must be updated in the contract.

The process tends to be time-consuming, so individuals involved need to ensure they are following the process exactly. Any delays in the submittal process can lead to delays in completion of the project, and this negatively reflects on all parties involved. In the event there are questions, they need to be addressed immediately to ensure other issues don’t arise.

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What is Steel Sheet Piling and What Types Are Available?

What is Steel Sheet Piling and What Types Are Available?

Walls are often needed to retain water or soil, and many builders opt to make use of steel sheet piles for this purpose. These long structural sections make use of a vertical interlocking system to create one continuous wall, and the ability of each section to perform its function depends on the soil underneath the section and the geometry. This is due to the sheet pile transferring pressure from the wall’s high side to the soil located in front of the wall. The wall created may either be permanent or temporary. What is Steel Sheet Piling and What Types Are Available?

What Is Steel Sheet Piling?

Steel sheet piling is made using either cold formed or hot rolled manufacturing processes, and the process used determines the type of interlock. With hot-rolled piles, the steel is produced at a high temperature, and this results in a tight interlock. The cold-formed method, in contrast, created a looser interlock, and this is of importance. Walls requiring low permeability and those to be used in hard driving conditions need to be of the hot rolled variety to withstand the surrounding conditions. This is the major difference between the two options.

What Is Steel Sheet Piling Used For?

One of the most common applications for steel sheet piles is to support excavations. Many users find this option viable when they wish to create a barrier to groundwater flow, and bulkheads and seawalls often make use of the piles in the construction process. In fact, these piles are of great help in any project that is constructed below grade leading to the need for a retention wall. There are numerous other applications for this material, and steel sheet piles may be found in cofferdams, parking garages, and more, as they are extremely versatile and easy to use.

Why Steel Sheet Piling?

Installation stresses often lead to the early failure of retention wall materials. These sheets are driven into the ground and are highly resistant to the driving force thanks to their strong joints.

The material is both recyclable and reusable.

Pile length can be easily adapted to meet the requirements of the project, and the steel may be welded or bolted when needed.

Very little maintenance is needed, and the material holds up both under water and above.

The piles are lightweight, thus they are easy to handle, lift, and transport.

Different Types Of Steel Sheet Piling

Short walls with a light load benefit from the use of pan type sheet piling. These cold formed piles are of a smaller size than other piling options, thus this is their main purpose. Individuals building a drainage ditch, homeowners wanting to construct a retaining wall, and golf course owners often choose this piling material.

Z type sheet piling is easily recognizable thanks to its horizontally stretched Z shape. What distinguishes z type sheet piling from other types is the location of the interlocks. They are located as far as physically possible away from the neutral axis, as this increases the pile’s strength-to-weight ratio and its shear transmission. Thanks to these features, the Z type sheet piling is the most commonly seen in the country. This type of piling is commonly found in environmental barrier walls, parking garages, and retaining walls.

Certain applications require the use of a unique solution, and this is where flat web sheet piling becomes of great help. These piles come in circles and arcs that form gravity cells, while most piles make use of their stiffness or bending strength to retain water or soil. The gravity cells are joined together through the interlock tensile strength. In fact, the two major design characteristics of this piling are the allowable lock rotation and the lock tensile strength. Applications of great height or diameter typically make use of this piling option, as it can withstand high pressure.

What makes u type sheet piling different from Z type sheet piling is the location of the interlock. With the U pile, the interlock is located on the neutral axis, The centerline placement of the lock leads to problems with shear transfer, thus purchasers need to carefully determine if this is the right option for their needs.

Individuals who need more information about steel sheet piling, its uses, and applications for each type should contact Frank Mullaney at The Beacon Projects. Mr. Mullaney has more than 40 years in the construction industry and has extensive knowledge of building materials, their applications, and more. In addition, he can provide information on dealing with regulatory agencies at any level to ensure a project moves smoothly from start to finish. Mr. Mullaney is not only a certified construction manager, he is also certified as LEED AP or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional. Individuals know they can count on him to assist them with any construction project they wish to complete.

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Why Does a Foundation Need Footing Drains?

Why Does a Foundation Need Footing Drains?

Water accumulating around the perimeter of a foundation can lead to damage, thus building codes across the United States now require the installation of footing drains. These drains function to divert water away from the foundation and are easy to install when the structure is being built. When there is no footing drain present or the one in place fails, the system needs to be fixed in a timely manner before problems arise. However, many homeowners aren’t even aware this system is present and have numerous questions when they discover this is the case. One question comes up again and again: Why Does a Foundation need Footing Drains?

What Is A Foundation Drainage System?

Contractors install foundation drains around the perimeter of a structure to divert water away from the foundation. The drain system helps to eliminate hydrostatic pressure around the perimeter of the building and stops water from entering the basement. Foundations are constructed using porous materials, and water left standing around these materials will be absorbed over time. Standing water, often referred to as perched water or a high water table, leads to wet basements and a whole host of issues.

The Dangers Of Wet Basements

Wet basements often lead to the development of mold, mildew and their accompanying musty smell. In addition, a wet basement has a negative impact on air quality and may also lead to health problems for occupants of the home. Furthermore, what many property owners fail to realize is a wet basement can bring about moisture issues in the attic.

Drainage System Components

The average foundation drainage system has three components. A high-density polyethylene plastic pipe is the first component. The pipe is approximately four to six inches in diameter and is perforated to allow water to enter the pipe and be carried away from the home. The pipe needs to be a contiguous system and be designed with the lot’s slope in mind. This pipe is placed on gravel and filter fabric and the fabric is then folded over the trench. More stone is added, and sand is placed on top of these items to ensure the soil doesn’t wash into the material and clog the drain pipe. Once water enters the pipe, it must be transported away from the foundation. That leads to the third component of foundation drain systems: a delivery system. This system may include a sump pump, an off-site storm water system, or an on-site dry well.

Why Do Foundation Drains Fail?

A foundation drain may fail for a number of reasons. The vast majority of systems are installed when the home is built, and time takes its toil on the system. Soil movements and pressure can have a negative impact on the system, and there is no way to know how the original contractor completed the installation. They may have used debris from the site to backfill the foundation or they may have neglected to compact or tamp the backfill. Both can impact the longevity of the system. When installing a new foundation drain, it helps to know why the previous one failed.

Property owners in need of a new foundation drain should contact The Beacon Projects Group and LEED AP Frank Mullaney. This company has earned a reputation for managing projects carefully, effectively, and responsibly. They adhere to the budget and ensure the project stays on schedule while meeting regulatory commitments. Information is gathered to ensure the right decisions are made regarding the drain system, and the team remains in constant communication so the customer is aware of what is being done and why. Contact them today to discuss footing drain issues. They’ll work to find the right solution for the problem.

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What Does a Certified Construction Manager Do?

What Does a Certified Construction Manager Do?

It would be a lot easier to list what a Certified Construction Manager (CMM) doesn’t do on a project than to discuss the responsibilities of a CMM. Leading a construction project successfully to the finish line requires someone with a never-ending thirst for knowledge and a depth of practical experience in all aspects of construction management

What is a Certified Construction Manager?

A CMM is a construction manager who has chosen to put in the time and effort into becoming certified and accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). This accreditation falls under the International Organization for Standardization’s ISO-17024 standard. A CMM has gone one step further than most industry professionals and become a proven leader in the construction industry.

As a prerequisite for certification, a CMM has:

  • Met the established criteria for formal education
  • Studied and worked to acquire the necessary technical knowledge
  • Demonstrated practical experience and leadership in the field

So, what is a CMM? Someone who has earned the credentials that are considered the “gold standard” within the construction industry.

Why Should a Certified Construction Manager be Hired?

The ultimate goal of a CMM is to make sure the owner’s goals are met. Any construction project is incredibly complex and risky. There’s a lot of money on the line, so A CCM should be hired at the beginning of the project. Proper planning and experience can prevent many costly problems.

Asking “why hire a CMM” can perhaps be best answered by passing on a few lessons learned by Frank Mullaney, an experienced CMM.

  • A successful project begins with a solid contract written or at least reviewed by an attorney specializing in construction contracts.
  • A reputable local architect will have experience with local zoning boards, building codes, and review boards.
  • A schedule’s completion date is usually tied to a specific reason for the end date. Unexpected complications, such as a flood, can certainly play havoc with a schedule. Be prepared to adapt.
  • A certain number of change orders is a given. Unforeseen emergencies and unplanned upgrades are likely to occur, so plan for this in the overall budget.
  • Make sure that contractors hired for the project are familiar with the local codes, zoning requirements, and licensing issues.
  • Local subcontractors are preferred whenever possible, as they will be available if needed for warranty issues, etc. at a later date.
  • Always do a thorough check of the references of everyone hired to work on the project.
  • Budget for necessary security on the project.
  • Plan and build for environmental factors that could have an impact, such as a location in a flood zone.
  • A feasibility study is worth the expense.
  • Going “green” benefits the environment, the project, and the community.
  • Understand how and from where the building could be contaminated by allergens, mold etc., and control or eliminate them.
  • A lien waiver should be signed and notarized whenever a subcontractor’s invoice is paid.
  • Be sure that everyone working on the project who needs one has a current certificate of insurance.
  • Understand sales tax regulations, keep track of all sales taxes paid, and be sure that sales taxes aren’t charged on invoices if the project is a not-for-profit.
  • Ensure the budget includes General Condition items such as dumpsters and the job trailer.
  • Daily reports and photos are essential if a dispute arises.
  • Communication skills are essential.
  • Hire an owner’s representative to facilitate the successful completion of the project.

What does a Certified Construction Manager do? Just about everything necessary to ensure the successful completion of the project.

Frank Mullaney, the owner and president of Beacon Projects Group, is a Connecticut Certified Construction Manager as well as a Massachusetts Certified Construction Manager. Since 1994, Beacon Projects Group has been involved with a wide range of construction projects in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

Frank J. Mullaney, in addition to his CMM credentials, is also a certified LEED AP (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), the benchmark for high-performance “green” buildings. Call Beacon Projects today to learn how your project could benefit.


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How Does Hiring a Connecticut CMAA Construction Manager Benefit You?

How Does Hiring a Connecticut CMAA Construction Manager Benefit You?

It’s been said that a construction project can succeed or fail because of two criteria: adequate funding and the experience and knowledge of the construction manager. Choosing the best construction manager for the project is critical. A CMMA Construction Manager has the proven skills needed for the successful completion of the project. It’s often recommended that a Connecticut CMAA Construction Manager be hired at the inception of the project to assist with the choice of the other critical members of the leadership team: the architect and the general contractor.


What is CMAA?

CMAA is a non-profit, professional organization that certifies construction managers who have fulfilled their rigorous criteria. A Connecticut CCM ( Certified Construction Manager) designation means that the individual has demonstrated a thorough knowledge of construction and related issues, has years of hands-on experience in the field, and possesses sound judgment. Anyone asking “what is CMAA?” can be assured that hiring a CCM means that someone has been selected who has proven that they are able to do the job with precise skill.

The CMAA Certification Process To Become A Connecticut CMAA Construction Manager

Certification of Construction Managers is based on both experience and education.

A CCM candidate must have at least four years of Construction Manager (CM) experience in the qualifying areas, including:


CM experience must have taken place in the various phases of the project as appropriate, including:


  • Pre-design
  • Design
  • Procurement
  • Construction
  • Post-construction

Required education (unless the candidate has 12 years of qualifying experience) would include either a:


  • four-year BA/BS or graduate qualifying degree
  • two-year AA/AS qualifying degree plus four years general design and construction experience

A qualifying degree could be in Construction Management, Engineering, or Architecture.

After passing the qualification process, the CCM candidate must pass a rigorous and comprehensive exam covering all aspects of the construction industry and management.

Connecticut CMAA Construction Manager Standards of Practice

The Construction Management Standards of Practice covers the key components of a Project Management Plan and its implementation throughout the various phases of a construction project. A CMAA certified project manager must adhere to these rigorous standards.

In general, the Construction Management Standards of Practice includes:

  • The keys goals of a project
  • What is required for the successful management of a project within this format
  • Effective cost, time and quality management
  • Contract and risk management
  • Sustainability
  • Security and safety

How Does Hiring a CMMA Construction Manager Benefit You? There are a number of ways.


  • Your brand will benefit from the consistency of an experienced leader paying attention to all of the details, ensuring that everything is a proper reflection of your brand. This is important for both new construction and remodels.
  • Each market is different. A full understanding of the local market is important for ensuring the highest quality level of the completed project.
  • There will be a qualified person serving as one point of contact throughout the project as well as facilitating communication and the resolution of any disputes.
  • The owner has a knowledgeable professional firmly on his or her side.
  • A CMAA Construction Manager will be focused on meeting schedules and keeping to the established budget, such as by keeping change orders to a minimum.

Overall, a CMAA Construction Manager works for the benefit of the owner and the project, coordinating, anticipating, and acting as the “quarterback” of the construction team.

Frank Mullaney, a Connecticut CMAA Construction Manager and the president of the Beacon Projects Group, has many years of successful experience as an outsource resource for the construction industry. His experience includes projects of all types, including the successful completion commercial, industrial, municipal, religious, institutional, and residential buildings. He is always focused on ensuring the goals of the owner are met on time and within the budget. Mr. Mullaney is also certified as a Leader in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP), a very important consideration when energy costs and environmental concerns are critical.

Contact Frank Mullaney of the Beacon Projects Group today to discuss your project and how he can ensure you’re satisfied with, and proud of, the completed project.


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Choosing a Darien CT Construction Project Management Firm

Choosing a Darien CT Construction Project Management Firm

When you begin the process of starting a new construction project in Darien, Connecticut one of the things that you will find out is that there are a great number of decisions and responsibilities that will be involved. Hiring the right Darien CT construction project management firm is paramount. Of course, you could try to manage it yourself, but this could be detrimental. Unless you have a great deal of construction knowledge and you have time twenty-four hours a day to manage the project, then you will not be able to keep a close enough eye on the build. This is why you will want to consider a Darien CT construction project management firm. You will be surprised at how much better your project build can go by choosing such professionals.

What Does a Darien, CT Construction Project Management Firm Do?

There are many steps to building. Many of these steps are not things you will be able to manage on your own. You will have to plan the build, set up a budget, determine feasibility schedules, hire contractors, purchase supplies and make sure the whole project goes as planned. This can be a massive amount of work. However, when you choose a Darien construction project management firm, all of this will be handled by professionals who have all of the knowledge and skill to make sure everything is handled properly.

Does This Mean You Will Not Be Able to Make Decisions?

Many people do not like the idea of leaving the project in someone else’s hands. However, keep in mind that this is not how a Darien, CT construction project management firm will work. Instead, you will be consulted on all the decisions. All of the main choices will still be made by you; however, all you will have to do is indicate what you want to happen, and the management firm you choose will make sure that everything is carried out properly. Do not be afraid that you will lose control of your project; you will just be handing over the day-to-day matters to professionals.

You Will Also Gain Planning

When you choose a Darien,CT construction project management firm, you will also gain a great deal of knowledge. The right firm will give you all the information you need to make the right decisions. They will consult with you to create a realistic budget. They will also give you updated information as the project goes along to help you make sure you are staying in budget. Throughout the project, the firm will provide you with feasibility schedules so that you can be certain that you address any possible upcoming problems before they cause too much trouble.

When you choose the right Darien,CT construction project management firm, you will be able to make sure your whole build is handled properly. Instead of getting bogged down or overwhelmed with everything that needs to be done, you will just need to make the biggest decisions and then allow the little issues to be handled by the project management company that you choose and hire. This way, you can be certain that your build is handled properly.

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An Energy Audit in Cos Cob CT For Businesses Can Produce Energy Savings

An Energy Audit in Cos Cob CT For Businesses Can Produce Energy Savings

With the cost of energy on the rise, residents in Connecticut and the Cos Cob area should consider an energy audit in Cos Cob CT to improve energy efficiency of their home or business. Having an audit run on your home or business by a professional once or twice a year should be part of your home’s energy plan. In Connecticut, the winters can bring very cold air, and you do not want to be heating air that should not be entering your home.

Energy audits in Cos Cob CT are thorough inspections of your home to locate problems with energy loss. It will also tell you where you need to make efficiency upgrades. Thankfully, the appliance technology has continued to improve over the last decade, and the ability to be environmentally-friendly and energy efficient is possible.

Locating and Sealing Air Leaks

If unwanted air is leaking into your home, your energy bill may be up to 20% higher if you do not tend to these leaks. The best place to check for leaks is where seams are created in the siding, walls, and around the windows. Once you have located any air leaks, you will want to seal them. This includes caulking around outlets, foundation cracks and windows. You will want to look at weather stripping for around doors, as it may need to be replaced. Finally, check around the pipes going into the home for any gaps, and make sure they are sealed off.

Basics for An Energy Audit in Cos Cob CT :Inspecting  Your Insulation 

Insulation is key for keeping the warm air in and the cold air out in the winter, and vice versa in the summer. The insulation available today is not the same as it was even 30 years ago. It is important that you have your insulation checked every few years to make sure it is still adequate.

The final part of an energy audit in Cos Cob CT is the inspection of appliances, electricity usage, and lighting in your home. Putting lights on timers, while using fluorescent bulbs instead of incandescent ones will help conserve energy usage.

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How Feasibility Schedules Can Help Your Fairfield County Construction Project

How Feasibility Schedules Can Help Your Fairfield County Construction Project

If you are getting together a plan for a Fairfield County construction project, then there is a great deal that you will need to think about. It is important that you have everything planned out before you even begin the project so that you will not have to deal with problems or unexpected situations. For example, expenses and cost can be a very big part of your project and if you are not aware of what kind of cost to expect, you may find yourself with a project you simply cannot afford. What can you do to avoid this problem? All that you need to do is choose a company to help you create feasibility schedules.

What are Feasibility Schedules?

Your first question may have to do with understanding just what feasibility schedules are and what they have to do with your Fairfield County construction project. Quite simply, these schedules will evaluate all of the parts of the construction and will provide you what you can expect for cost of the whole project. Feasibility schedules can also lay out time lines, so that you can determine just how long the project will last.

In order to get the most helpful and proper information, you will need to choose the right company. The company that you choose for feasibility schedules for your Fairfield County construction could have a big impact on everything. If you choose the wrong company, you could face inaccurate cost and time frame estimations.

Just How Can the Schedules Help with Your Fairfield County Construction Project?

Think about where you stand right now with your Fairfield County construction project. Do you know how long the construction will take? Do you know how much you should set aside for cost? Even if you have experience with construction projects, you cannot know what to expect since each project is different and unique. If you do not take the time to get proper information, you will run into the types of problems that could truly derail your project. You will not know how much everything can cost. You will not know how long it will take. All in all, it could lead to too many problems.

Choosing the Right Company

Once you realize just how important it is to have feasibility schedules for your Fairfield County construction project, you will need to choose the right company to provide them to you. Not all of the companies are the same and not all of them will offer you the best information. Be sure to choose a cost consulting company that has a quality reputation for providing high quality information and helpful customer service. The right company should provide you with highly detailed feasibility schedules and they should work carefully with you in order to evaluate your construction project thoroughly.

When you start planning your Fairfield County construction, you will need to know what to expect for cost and time. That means you need feasibility schedules created and provided to you by a quality company so that you can be prepared for your whole construction process. At The Beacon Projects Group we have created countless feasibility schedules to benefit our clients allowing them to save time and money. Contact The Beacon Projects Group today to discuss your project and see how we can help you.

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An Experienced, Effective Construction Expert Witness in MA

An Experienced, Effective Construction Expert Witness in MA

Construction can be complicated, and construction-related legal cases are often even more so. When legal disputes involving construction arise, whether because of a failed project, an on-the-job accident, or another matter, lawyers on both sides will often call in expert witnesses who are involved with construction in Massachusetts.

Drawing on experience, technical skills, and other assets, a construction expert witness in MA will help a judge or jury unravel and understand the often-complex facts at issue. As one of the state’s most accomplished and active commercial and residential building companies, The Beacon Projects Group can provide Massachusetts construction expert witnesses with unmatched experience, knowledge, and credibility on the stand.

Legal Claims Where a Construction Expert Witness in MA Can Make a Difference

Any legal claim where construction-related matters are in dispute could potentially benefit from the expertise and testimony of an experienced construction expert witness. A few common examples include:

  • Breach of Contract: Even apparently successful construction projects can leave at least one party feeling that the terms of a contract were not satisfied. Construction expert witnesses provided by The Beacon Projects Group can help judges, juries, and attorneys better understand and account for the many issues that must be resolved in order to arrive at a suitable judgment.
  • Construction Defects: Just what counts as a failure of workmanship can be challenging to pin down. Beacon Projects Group expert witnesses can help establish, through their counsel and testimony, the true responsibility for particular construction defects.
  • Construction-Related Accidents: Construction is an inherently dangerous activity, and many workers and others fall prey to related injuries or worse every year. With plenty of on-the-job experience with all the relevant regulations and best practices, construction expert witnesses in Massachusetts provided by The Beacon Projects Group can offer reliable, objective testimony that helps fact-finders deliver better-informed verdicts.

Useful Advice and Convincing Testimony About Any Construction-Related Subject

Construction industry experts like those at The Beacon Projects Group acquire a wide range of skills and knowledge through the course of their daily work. Any of these might help to shed light on particular construction cases, with some common subjects being:

  • Building Code Issues: No one understands Massachusetts building codes better than working professionals who must adhere to them every day. Construction expert witnesses provided by The Beacon Projects Group regularly help lawyers, judges, and juries come up to speed with these sometimes arcane-seeming regulations.
  • Construction Best Practices: When a defect becomes apparent or other issues with a project arise, a Beacon Projects Group expert witness can help with the determination of whether appropriate construction techniques were employed. By framing technical issues in commonsense, practical terms, a construction expert witness can make the truth that much clearer.
  • Estimates: Project cost estimation is always a somewhat fuzzy undertaking, but experience, diligence, and good faith can ensure some degree of accuracy. Construction expert witnesses provided by The Beacon Projects Group can help determine and make clear whether a given estimate was deserving of the faith placed in it.
  • Safety: Construction accidents can be devastating, and the stakes in legal cases that follow are therefore often high. Working on the job every day to maintain one of the state’s most impressive organization-wide construction safety records, The Beacon Projects Group expert witnesses can help those outside the industry better understand where the responsibility for an accident truly lies.

Everything Needed to See Justice Served with a Construction Expert Witness in MA

When they call on a construction expert witness, MA attorneys and others seek reliable advice and analysis as well as the ability to make a suitable, strong case in court. As one of the state’s most successful commercial and residential construction companies, The Beacon Projects Group provides working expert witnesses who possess:

  • Proven Technical Ability and Experience: The Beacon Projects Group can supply an expert witness perfectly suited for any particular case. A construction expert witness in MA with an especially relevant background will always be able to provide more valuable advice, analysis, and testimony.
  • Real Communication Skills: On-the-job communication is an important part of what has made The Beacon Projects Group a leader in its field. Our construction expert witnesses know how to translate difficult, complex technical issues into terms that any person will understand.
  • Credibility: Some construction expert witnesses do nothing other than help build cases and testify in court, having long since given up on actually working in the industry. The Beacon Projects Group expert witnesses are working professionals, and that makes their insights more valuable to attorneys and their testimony more credible to juries and judges.
  • Consistency, Reliability, and Professionalism: An expert witness who crumbles under cross-examination or suddenly starts telling a different story can turn out to be a liability. With everything they say being grounded in real-world practice and experience, The Beacon Projects Group’s construction expert witnesses deliver rock-solid advice and unshakable testimony.

The Beacon Projects Group is an active, accomplished construction company, and the MA construction expert witnesses we supply reflect that fact. Because our focus is on successful, top-quality construction work, and not on providing testimony or analysis, our expert witnesses are more credible, capable, and reliable than any others. Whether for attorneys, property owners, contractors, architects, or anyone else with a construction-related legal claim, The Beacon Projects Group can provide an expert witness who will make the difference.


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Green-Aware Construction Management Delivers Concrete Benefits to Owners

Green-Aware Construction Management Delivers Concrete Benefits to Owners

Green-Aware Construction Management can do a lot more than confer LEED certification and the associated bragging rights. Greening a construction project will cut operating costs for owners and deliver real benefits to users with everything from access to natural light to improved air quality and thermal control.

The Beacon Projects Group makes the identification of opportunities for greening a core part of the construction management process. Right from the start, our experts identify and evaluate ways of greening any project, from the use of environmentally friendly building materials to a focus on more energy-efficient construction methods.

While the well-established LEED process provides valuable structure and guidance, The Beacon Projects Group also prioritizes the project owner’s interests with every decision, piece of advice, and management activity. The result is greener construction that delivers tangible, appreciable results of particularly valuable kinds.

Green Planning Sets the Stage For Efficient Construction Management

Whether engaged as an owner’s representative in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, or Rhode Island, The Beacon Projects Group looks from the beginning to enhance construction projects through the use of particularly suitable green building designs, materials, and processes. This will often involve the development of facility and energy master plans that make greening a top priority by:


  • Reducing Ongoing Water Consumption
  • Improving Indoor Air Quality
  • Making Energy-Efficient, Workplace-Enhancing Use of Natural Light
  • Pursuing Other, LEED-Focused Energy and Material Usage Goals


Involving The Beacon Projects Group early on in the process helps ensure that every such opportunity will be identified and assessed in the context of the project owner’s other interests along with the likely effects on end users throughout the life-cycle of a contemplated project. It takes plenty of experience and professional judgment to accurately analyze such equations, but doing so early on means being better prepared as the process moves forward. As a result, project owners can expect environmentally friendly construction that delivers concrete, direct benefits of other kinds as a matter of course.

Greening the Details of Construction Management

While environmentally informed planning is the foundation of successful green construction, management of the work that follows matters just as much. The Beacon Projects Group consistently demonstrates great capability at pursuing greening-related goals while carrying out the full range of other construction management duties, including:


  • Working with Contractors to Uphold Green Commitments: Having strong plans in place will always be important, but compliance with greening goals among the many participants in a project is never to be taken for granted. Working as an owner’s representative, The Beacon Projects Group ensures that all parties are on board and have the necessary skills, education, and resources to follow through on their greening-related duties, as with their other commitments.


  • Identifying and Accounting for Greening-Related Challenges: Strategic greening inevitably delivers a net balance upon project completion, but arriving at that point will almost always mean needing to overcome some related hurdles in the process. By being aware of these and planning early on as to how best to surmount them, The Beacon Projects Group keeps greening-derived costs to a minimum, further improving the overall equation.


  • Ensuring that Greening Work Never Conflicts With Other Goals: Whether in terms of dragging on a schedule, inflating construction costs, or other dangers, greening construction can also pose real dangers to the unaware. With an extensive body of institutional experience at preventing problems of these kinds and many other, The Beacon Projects Group keeps even the most ambitious of green projects on track at all times.


  • Vetting and Inspecting Greening-Related Results: Some green construction projects fall short of their goals, with setbacks and concessions made along the way diminishing the final results. In addition to keeping such issues from arising through diligent, effective oversight and management, The Beacon Projects Group is always ready to inspect and assess green-oriented results when the moment arrives, as with every other facet of construction.

Greening Delivers Real Benefits to Project Owners, Users, and Others

While the headline goal of most construction greening efforts tends to be reducing environmental impact as a way of supporting the common good, concrete benefits accrue to project owners and end users. That becomes particularly true when an owner’s representative like The Beacon Projects Group is ready to make sure that those interests are appreciated and valued to the extent that they deserve.

Project owners can expect lowered costs over the whole course of a new building’s life cycle with informed, accurate analysis at the planning stages and properly managed work making these savings certain. Users benefit from improved work environments or living or shopping spaces with natural light, clean, fresh air, and comfortable temperatures enhancing productivity and the basic enjoyment of the building.

As a result, project owners benefit further from the possession of an especially desirable asset. Whether in terms of being a more competitive option on the market or by helping to build a reputation for quality and environmental friendliness, a strategically greened project will deliver tangible rewards to its owner. Recognizing this and understanding how to enable it at every stage of the process, The Beacon Projects Group consistently helps project owners secure LEED certification and much more.


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