Johnson Architecture Gains Recognition for Historic Preservation at Maryville College

Johnson Architecture was recently recognized by The Masonry Institute of Tennessee with a Merit Award in Masonry for the firm’s design of renovations at Maryville College’s iconic Anderson Hall. JOSEPH Construction partnered with Johnson Architecture and F.L. Lay Masonry Contractors to complete the preservation and renovation of this late 1800s built building. Read more here.

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Owners Guide to the Design and Construction Process – part 10

IV. Bonding and Surety Underwriting A performance bond, provided by a surety, gives protection against the contractor’s failure to perform the contract in accordance with its terms. The surety’s obligation under the bond terminates on satisfactory completion of the work required by the contract. However, if the contractor should fail to perform in accordance with […]

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Owners Guide to the Design and Construction Process – part 9

III. Common Contract Forms and Bases for Payment A. Stipulated Sum A stipulated sum contract, sometimes called a lump sum contract, sets forth a specific amount as total payment for performance. Contracts resulting from competitive bidding take this form. B. Cost-Plus-a-Fee A cost-plus-a-fee contract is an agreement in which the contractor (in an owner-contractor agreement) […]

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Owners Guide to the Design and Construction Process – part 7

The Construction Management Method Construction management (CM) evolved from government’s attempt to introduce experienced construction personnel throughout its multi-million dollar projects, and to more effectively manage the highly fragmented series of decisions involved in the traditional construction process. Although this approach has two different variations, the essence of the concept centers around the introduction of […]

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Owners Guide to the Design and Construction Process – part 6

The Partnering Method: A Teamwork Approach for Large Construction Projects – $10 Million plus What Is Partnering? The Partnering concept is not a new way of doing business. It is going back to the way people used to do business when a person’s word was their bond and people accepted responsibility. Partnering is not a […]

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Owners Guide to the Design and Construction Process – part 5 Design/Build Method

The Design/Build Method: A Single Source Approach The essence of the design/build concept is the idea that quality, completion dates, and costs can be brought firmly under control by assigning total responsibility for all these factors to one single entity: the design/build contractor. Like the “master builders” of ancient times, the design/builder’s responsibilities span the […]

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Owners Guide to the Design and Construction Process – part 4

The Traditional Method In this method, when the Owner has spelled out his requirements and budget for the new structure, he is ready to hire the architect. Depending on the Owner’s familiarity with the construction process, the requirements might be spelled out by his own staff and/or outside consultants. Whoever is involved consults with the […]

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Owners Guide to the Design and Construction Process – part 3

Who’s Who In The Building Process The Owner is the individual or company that has equity interest in the project. This usually means the user of the facility. The Architect is responsible for developing the outlined program into working plans and specifications. He has the responsibility for the functional features and aesthetics of the structure. […]

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Owners Guide to the Design and Construction Process – part 2

How To Choose Among The Four Basic Approaches To The Design and Building Process There are four approaches to the building process: Traditional Design-Build Team Method Construction Management Before we analyze and examine the advantages and disadvantages of each, let’s take a look at the process these approaches are intended to facilitate. The building process […]

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Owners Guide to the Design and Construction Process – part 1

Over the next several weeks we’ll be posting our complete “Owners Guide to the Design and Construction Process”. We hope you enjoy the information. INTRODUCTION You need a new building. You need to move in by a certain date. You want the best design talent and highest quality of construction your money can buy. And […]

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