Is Team Chartering the Key to Project Success?

A team charter helps to develop optimal team dynamics, boosting productivity and collaboration. It not only outlines team purpose and objectives, almost more importantly it provides clear direction on the ways the team will work together throughout the project. For example, desired team member…

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A Million Dollars' Worth of Experience

How do you add a million dollars of value to your construction project? Meld your general contractor's knowledge with your architect's design using a process called constructability review. Constructability review aims to bring construction knowledge into project design by having the general…

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New Tech To Check (Out)

The construction industry is constantly evolving with new products that make our work safer, more cost-effective, easier to install, and/or of higher quality. Here are several recent additions to our toolbox of great products for better building. SpyderCrane We recently used a SpyderCrane to remove…

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BIM for Site Work and Utilities Analysis

Over the last 8 years, Rafn has integrated Building Information Modeling (BIM) into our constructability review process and we have found the most useful aspect of 3D modeling for us is in site work and utilities analysis. This article will highlight the benefits of BIM that we have realized in…

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Preserving Heritage at Mt. Baker Village

In late April 1975, Washington Governor Dan Evans was stunned by news coverage of one of the last US helicopters lifting off the roof of a Saigon building as the US evacuated Vietnam, leaving behind frantic individuals clinging to the ladder leading to the rooftop. He was moved to help these people…

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