As I reflect over one of the most unusual years that we have ever had, I am reminded of one fact – ‘there is always a way’.  One of our most powerful Core Values at DRB is - “Focus on the Solution, not the Problem. ...

The construction estimator’s role is to quantify the project work and assess the cost.  Often this task includes a projection of the future anticipated cost.  To accurately project future costs, I have relied on leading indicators that help guide the estimate projections plus future construction...

The Windy City isn’t among the easiest places to manage a major construction project, what with its oftentimes confusing politics and—more recently—the perfect storm of COVID-19 and mass protests that have brought so much business to a standstill. Such obstacles notwithstanding, the latest addition to Hilton's...

Whatever the outcome, rest assured that hotel and general building designs WILL change. ...

One of our core principles continues to be “The answer is always in the solution, never in the problem” What we find is that people will continuously talk about the Problem and seldom focus on the Solution.  Helping clients find solutions has been the hallmark of our success initially...

I have worked with some great developers creating iconic destinations, gaming resorts, plus massive complicated structures, such as airports, biocontainment labs, and hospitals just to name a few. Every one of these projects started with a financial and general building program outlining the services...

Construction Industry has been extremely active stretching the resources of the contractor and designer’s staffs.  One common cause of project disputes is that the industry attempts to put a “B” team on a project that requires the “A” team.  This often results in project difficulties or worse - disputes.   The...

At the beginning of 2018, construction material suppliers were raising prices in response to the pending import tariffs. Quoted prices increased 20% to 30% for steel and wood products.   Some of these were passed along to Owners as change orders and others caused project redesign.

To determine the real impact one year later, I decided to review national pricing for key construction materials and was shocked by what I found.

  Each year, The Hotel Lodging Conference invites leading economists to offer their predictions for the Hotel industry.  This year, there was more belief in their predictions than in prior years.  I say belief because judging by their presentations it was clear they included their political...