Change Orders - Impact, Avoidance,
Documentation; James J. O’Brien; May 1998, McGraw-Hill, 356 pages,
O’Brien utilizes his experience as the Vice Chairman of the Board
of O’Brien Kreitzber, a major construction management company, to
write a definitive book on the change order process. He has handled
projects such as the JFK International Airport redevelopment and
the renovation of San Francisco’s cable car system.
His latest book, Construction
Change Orders, details the history of change orders
from the viewpoint of all concerned parties; the A/E, the owner,
project manager, and the contractor. Legal precedents are cited
and are an effective guide for those considering litigation concerning
changes to the contract.
Mr. O’Brien gives many examples and cases to follow and understand
the proper procedures to effectuate a change process. The book shows
how proper documentation can effectively counter risk avoidance
by the owner and/or the A/E. Responsilbility for changes and how
to implement time extensions due to changes is thoroughly reviewed.
Procedures are fully documented and the forms, cases, and examples
make this book a must have for any commercial contractor.
Home Building Manual;
Home Building Manual
is chock full of forms and checklists for the private homeowner
to utilize in building their dream home. Pre-planning is seen as
the key to ensure that what the homebuilder envisions and what he
receives are one and the same.
A 100-day schedule is used as a guide for the various construction
phases with each event receiving a detailed checklist to be accomplished
to the owner/builder’s satisfaction prior to start of the next phase.
There are many tips on what to look for in quality contractors
and how certain items such as insulation and flooring should be
installed. A walk-through punchlist and a Contractor’s Agreement
form round out this guide to home building.
Contractor’s Portable Handbook;
R.Dodge Woodson; March 1998; McGraw-Hill, 512 pages, $59.95
glove compartment size, sturdy, soft cover handbook written for
the advanced homebuilder or developer of homes. From A to Z, sitework
to finish carpentry, everything is in this handy homebuilder’s
Woodson’s book goes that step further and details in a how-it’s-done
style that is easy to understand and implement. Zoning and local
code regulations are discussed. How to pre-fab walls, look out
for hidden conditions, order doors and windows, and even provide
for the handicapped are all addressed with common sense and case
histories. Many illustrations, formulas and tables add to the
value of this book.
Woodson relies on his twenty plus years as a Maine licensed plumber
and contractor to give insight to common problem areas such as
replacing old galvanized plumbing with copper and the reasons
why. There is plenty of useful advice in selling to the customer
and areas to pay critical attention to while building a quality
home. A great addition to the
toolbox of your project managers and job foremen.