Broken Buildings, Busted Budgets
How to Fix America's Trillion-Dollar Construction Industry
With three decades of experience representing clients that include eminent architects and engineers, as well as corporations, institutions, and developers, LePatner has firsthand knowledge of the bad management, ineffective supervision, and insufficient investment in technology that plagues the risk-averse construction industry. In an engaging and direct style, he here pinpoints the issues that underlie the industry’s woes while providing practical tips for anyone in the business of building, including advice on the precise language owners should use during contract negotiations.
Armed with Broken Buildings, Busted Budgets, everyone involved in the purchase or renovation of a building or any structure—from homeowners seeking to remodel to civic developers embarking on large-scale projects—has the information they need to change this antiquated industry, one project at a time.
“LePatner describes what is wrong with the current system and suggests ways that architects can help—by retaking their rightful place as master builders.”—Fred A. Bernstein, Architect Magazine
Overbudget and Overdue
The Economic Context of Construction
False Starts and Frustrated Beginnings: A History of the Industry
Asymmetric Information: The Big Barrier to Change
Minor Blemishes: Unions, Workers, and Government
Fixing the Construction Industry: Consolidation, Intermediaries, and Innovation
Practical Advice to Owners for Getting Started Now