How to Breed Best-of-Breed

Posted on 07/23/2015 in Homebuilding - 1

Creating a center of excellence isn’t easy, but it can be worth the investment of time and energy. A center of excellence (COE) is a collaboration; it doesn’t touch just one part of an organization. To achieve this, an entire company needs to be activated, with participants being brought together with the goal of creating  innovation to address a business outcome.

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Operational Challenges of Serving The First Time Homebuyer As presented at UBS Homebuilder University

Posted on 04/09/2015 in Homebuilding - 0

The operational challenges of serving the first time homebuyer segment in 2015 are different and more problematic for most builders than they were between 2000 and 2007. With significant margin risk, working capital management requires a sharper focus from management. This is true for the overall enterprise but is even more important for the entry level segment.

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Key Owner Trends: Gone Are The Days… Challenges of the Next Decade of Capital Construction and Facilities Maintenance

Posted on 12/10/2014 in Construction, Economic Overview, Engineering - 0

These are sage words of wisdom, especially when one considers this advice within the context of the U.S. construction industry. Capital asset owners — large American corporations and government agencies who spend roughly one trillion per year to construct pipelines, schools, retail stores, data centers and any other imaginable structure — have endured several economic cycles over the last decade and are preparing for more volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity in the business environment over the next decade.

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August 2014 Economic Overview

Posted on 08/15/2014 in Construction, Economic Overview, Engineering - 0

While 2013 closed well, the ’14 winter punished the economy, construction markets, and design & construction service providers. The bounce back continues despite lingering unemployment and a volatile global economy. Fed tax receipts YTD are up 3.3% (individuals) and 15.6% (corporations), reducing the deficit. Mid-term elections halted all but the most critical legislation. Single-family housing is improving in the face of moderate headwinds.

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Good Times, Bad Times, You Know I’ve Had My Share…

Posted on 05/22/2014 in Construction, Utility - 0

In the immortal words of Led Zeppelin, the overall utility construction market has seen both good and bad times. The current market is perhaps the best in 60 years, and many utility contractors are expressing their optimism that this market will continue for some time. The optimism is particularly strong in the distribution and transmission pipeline construction markets, which are exceptionally healthy, while electric distribution is also expected to yield growth.

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