Building Construction: Project Management, Construction Administration, Drawings, Specs, Detailing Tips, Schedules, Checklists, and Secrets Others DonnV available in Paperback
Learn the Tips, Become One of Those Who Know Building Construction and Architectural Practice, and Thrive!
For architectural practice and building design and construction industry, there are two kinds of people: those who know, and those who don't. The tips of building design and construction and project management have been undercover-until now.
Most of the existing books on building construction and architectural practice are too expensive, too complicated, and too long to be practical and helpful. This book simplifies the process to make it easier to understand and uncovers the tips of building design and construction and project management. It sets up a solid foundation and fundamental framework for this field. It covers every aspect of building construction and architectural practice in plain and concise language and introduces it to all people. Through practical case studies, it demonstrates the efficient and proper ways to handle various issues and problems in architectural practice and building design and construction industry.
It is for ordinary people and aspiring young architects as well as seasoned professionals in the construction industry. For ordinary people, it uncovers the tips of building construction; for aspiring architects, it works as a construction industry survival guide and a guidebook to shorten the process in mastering architectural practice and climbing up the professional ladder; for seasoned architects, it has many checklists to refresh their memory. It is an indispensable reference book for ordinary people, architectural students, interns, drafters, designers, seasoned architects, engineers, construction administrators, superintendents, construction managers, contractors, and developers.
You will learn:
1. How to develop your business and work with your client.
2. The entire process of building design and construction, including programming, entitlement, schematic design, design development, construction documents, bidding, and construction administration.
3. How to coordinate with governing agencies, including a county's health department and a city's planning, building, fire, public works departments, etc.
4. How to coordinate with your consultants, including soils, civil, structural, electrical, mechanical, plumbing engineers, landscape architects, etc.
5. How to create and use your own checklists to do quality control of your construction documents.
6. How to use various logs (i.e., RFI log, submittal log, field visit log, etc.) and lists (contact list, document control list, distribution list, etc.) to organize and simplify your work.
7. How to respond to RFI, issue CCDs, review change orders, submittals, etc.
8. How to make your architectural practice a profitable and successful business.
About the author
Gang Chen holds a master's degree from the School of Architecture, University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, and a bachelor's degree from the School of Architecture, South China University of Technology. He has over 20 years of professional experience. Many of the projects he was in charge of or participated in have been published extensively in Architecture, Architectural Record, The Los Angeles Times, The Orange County Register, etc. He has worked on a variety of unusual projects, including well-known, large-scale healthcare and hospitality projects with over one billion dollars in construction costs, award-winning school designs, highly-acclaimed urban design and streetscape projects, multifamily housing, high-end custom homes, and regional and neighborhood shopping centers.
Gang Chen is a LEED AP and a licensed architect in California. He is also the internationally acclaimed author for other fascinating books, including Planting Design Illustrated and LEED Exam Guides Series, which include one guidebook for each of the LEED exams.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Essential addition to every architect's library Gang Chen's book is full of great info, advice & tips on architectural practice - whether you are a seasoned architect or just starting your career. M. Regis
As a construction professional with almost 30 years in the carpentry trade, I have been on the receiving end of the architect's communiques. In the last ten years of my career I was alternately foreman and superintendent and with a brief stint as site superintendent for a commercial project and as such able to communicate directly with the architect. I also worked briefly for an architect as an intern for the remodel and re-purpose of a large building in an urban setting. In all of these experiences the organization of the project appeared at times to be haphazard at best. The protocol for communication was also not properly established so that I never knew to whom my RFIs and other questions should be addressed. To say that the experiences were frustrating to someone who cared about the job they were doing is an understatement. This book by Gang Chen should be on the desk and/or shelf of every architectural office as this book serves not only as a primer for the architectural profession but also and more importantly as a checklist that when followed will result in a job that proceeds in good order without either time or money wasted. The management principles and procedures described are critical to the success of a project. The projects that were failures that I was required to contend with failed to follow the steps this book outlines and then goes on to describe. I appreciate the opportunity to review Building Construction by Gang Chen and I can assure you that the book has a permanent place on the shelf of my library. Respectfully, Steven Davis MRICS ASA
“Gang Chen has provided an essential link between the professions of architecture, engineering, consulting, construction and the all-important relationship with the owner. Because of multiple agendas and the human tendency to assume rather than communicate and document, many opportunities for conflict arise during the course of projects. Architects have the unique role of managing and blending all these individual talents to interpret and achieve an owner's vision for their projects. As an architect for 4 decades I find this book confirms and reinforces the practices that I have developed during that time. It also identifies those areas of practice that are transitioning with the emerging technology and tools that are available today. Anyone endeavoring to design, build, develop or occupy a building will benefit from using the guide book. A must have book in your professional library.”
This is the perfect go-to reference book to keep in the office. I refer to it time and time again. Being a Design-Build Contractor who draws most of my own project plans, I've never had any formal architectural training so there were a lot of holes in my drafting knowledge. But this book has helped me through some challenges.
If I were becoming an architect, I'd want this on my bookshelf... but actually it wouldn't be there long. I'd have it opened every day! Table of Contents alone is an education in what's important and where to go. All in all, it's a thorough and yet digestible treatment about becoming an architect from which any student, intern and even newly licensed professional could glean helpful information and advice.
An excellent "handybook," Building Construction by Gang Chen. It is probably the only book that can be kept as a guide by both, a student and a practicing professional. It not only talks of codes and standards but also makes an attempt to simply the Architecture profession for the students and the fresh graduates. It subtly hints and prepares you for the jump from academic Architecture to professional practice. Project Management, Codes, Logs, Forms, Checklists, Standards, Spec writing tips, punch lists, types of bids and every possible detail you can think of from Project inception to Design Development and from Bidding to completion. Language is simple, well illustrated and easy to understand which I have always found with Gang Chen's material. I am currently using it for my ARE and find it quite helpful. I have also used his LEED books for my exams and have cracked them with ease. A must-have and mother of all handybooks.
When I became aware of this book, I knew I wanted a copy. To think that any book would be able to provide a comprehensive reference of that which is architecture is pure folly, but Chen's 'Building Construction' is a wonderful desktop reference. I believe the book will prove to be of great value to interns and to design/build firms. Seasoned architects are likely to find it not quite as useful but for others; it can serve as a good base for standardizing office procedures. In my 'previous life', I was responsible for training all sales and research personnel for an international construction data group and I really wish I had this book back then.
Having worked in a variety of offices for architects, engineers and construction firms of various sizes, I have become more and more aware over the years that there's a lot of content covered over the course of an education centered around the AEC industry which seems to be overseen by academics, leaving students ill-prepared for actual work in offices. Typically, internships and professional practice courses attempt to remediate this problem, but more often than not, they are insufficient in providing students with the necessary experience to avoid stumbling through their first few years as designers. In this kind of economy - trite as it is - it has become more important for those seeking entry-level positions to exhibit a greater understanding of that which helps an office operate on a fundamental level, beyond design. Realistically, individuals with strong business acuity and project execution ultimately end up more successful than those who have strong design skills and aesthetic sense. This book essentially covers all the material that fails to be addressed in many professional practice courses in a concise, comprehensive manner. Large portions of the book cover the essentials of compiling construction documents, lists of resources used by offices, submittals, reviews, and many other functions. This book is highly recommended for architecture students in the process of interning, recent graduates, and younger licensed professionals.