A Better Way to Build

A Better Way to Build

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This book details the contributions that Charles J. Pankow, a 1947 graduate of Purdue University, and his firm have made as builders of large, often concrete, commercial structures since the company IN’Ocs foundation in 1963. In particular, it uses selected projects as case studies to analyze and explain how the company innovated at the project level. The company has been recognized as a pioneer in design-build, a methodology that involves the construction company in the development of structures and substitutes negotiated contracts for the bidding of architects IN’Oc plans. The Pankow companies also developed automated construction technologies that helped keep projects on time and within budget. The book includes dozens of photographs of buildings under construction from the company IN’Ocs archive and other sources. At the same time, the author analyzes and evaluates the strategic decision making of the firm through 2004, the year in which the founder died. While Charles Pankow figures prominently in the narrative, the book also describes how others within the firm adapted the business so that the company could survive a commercial market that changed significantly as a result of the recession of the 1990s. Extending beyond the scope of most business biographies, this book is a study in industry innovation and the power of corporate culture, as well as the story of one particular company and the individuals who created it.... and Administrative Services Act that had allowed US agencies to negotiate architectural and engineering services for ... Like private sector owners, the GSA looked to CM in the 1970s to address problems associated with fragmented project ... Public entities that incorporated design-build into their projects invariably bid the construction work competitively, which limited the effectiveness of the approach.

Title:A Better Way to Build
Author: Michael R. Adamson
Publisher:Purdue University Press - 2013-01-01

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