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5 Tips for Streamlining the Final Punch List Process

Final closeout is the last hurdle to jump in order to successfully complete a project. But before this milestone can be achieved, owners must ensure the contractor performs the tedious task of completing punch list items. The bad news is that this process can often drag out longer than one might expect. The good news is there are steps you can take to streamline the process.

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When Was the Last Site Visit On Your Project?

Every project has a story that begins long before construction and ends further in the future than any of us prefer. Ideally, the project’s story is the same for those in the field as it is for those in the office. If you have ever worked on a long-term construction project, however, you know this is not the case most of the time. We all want our projects to have the same story. If you’re on a project now that may have a different story in the field than the office, you’ll need to bridge the gap between the two. 

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Thinking About Adopting a Complete Streets Policy?

 
If you’re thinking about adopting a Complete Streets Policy, it’s a good idea to talk with someone who  has been through the process. The City of Battle Ground, Washington was recognized as having the tenth best policy   in the nation in 2015 by Smart Growth America. I recently sat down with Scott Sawyer, the  Public Works Director at the City of Battle Ground, to discuss his experience. 
 
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Using Contractor Payment as Carrot and Stick

As a project owner or manager, you need certain types of information from the contractor to ensure your project is on track. Too often, though, the contractor doesn’t provide the information you need in a timely fashion (if at all). Before you know it, the project can be off schedule and out of budget. How can you avoid getting caught in this situation?

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