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Construction Superintendents

Essential Skills for the Next Generation, 1st Edition

By Len Holm, John Schaufelberger

Routledge

312 pages | 84 B/W Illus.

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Construction Superintendents: Essential Skills for the Next Generation is the first college level textbook designed to prepare you to take on a site supervisor role on a complex jobsite. The book covers the responsibilities of superintendents in relation to the jobsite project management team, the project owners, designers, and municipal services. The book outlines the development of the superintendent and his or her role and responsibilities in twenty-first century construction projects. Using examples and case studies of cutting-edge jobsite practices from the use of computer applications to leadership and capital development, this book lays out all the functions of a modern site superintendent in an easy-to-understand format. The book includes:

  • coverage of the full spectrum of tasks and skills required from the pre-construction phase, through startup, operation and close out, plus advanced topics for those serious about leading the field
  • real-world case studies, forms and documentation stored on a companion website
  • chapter summaries, review questions and exercises to aid both teaching and learning.

This book fills in the long-standing need for an academic textbook designed as an applied instructional resource suitable for university and college students enrolled in construction management and construction engineering programs.

Reviews

"This very timely book fills a gap in many construction management curricula. As the role of superintendent on construction projects becomes more complex, the need for updated training has become more urgent. As with their other books, Holm and Schaufelberger provide clear and thorough explanations and relevant graphics in Construction Superintendents. The case study makes the content relatable and applicable to students, an increasing number of whom are interested in becoming superintendents."

- Joseph Fradella, P.E., Senior Instructor, Oregon State University

"I have been in the commercial construction industry for almost twenty years and a professor in construction management academia now for the past thirteen, this book is a long time coming. The construction site superintendents of today are much different then they were even ten years ago. The next generation of men and women need a certain skill set and education that has never seen before. This book addressed a gap in our construction industry body-of-knowledge, combining the technology and human elements superintendents need to succeed in our industry."

- Phil Barlow, Professor - CM Department - Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

"The success of any construction project is greatly dependent on the experience, knowledge, technical skills and people skills of the Project Superintendent. For many years Superintendents started their career in the trades gaining experience through their apprenticeship, working with tools as a Journeyman, supervising tradesmen and subcontractors as a Foremen, and finally, after many years they were qualified to be a Project Superintendent. Unfortunately, the well published shortage of construction workers today has reduced the ranks of potential Superintendents. Contractors can no longer depend on an adequate supply of Superintendents with a trade background and increasingly have looked to the Universities to train the Superintendents of the future.

Construction Superintendents: Essential Skills for the Next Generation is an outstanding introduction to the role and responsibilities of the Superintendent. This book goes well beyond the typical Project Management textbooks and dives into the unique skillset a successful Superintendent must possess. This textbook should be required reading for all Construction Management students."

- Ernie Emmert, Vice President Operations retired, Howard S Wright Constructors

"We are very fortunate that Len Holm & John Schaufelberger have combined their valuable experience and significant industry resources to develop a practical text for the unique position of construction superintendent."

- Ed Kommers, P.E., Executive Director, MCA of Western Washington

"Based on my personal experience in career of over 37 years with Turner, I am enthused about the premise and subject matter of this book. It’s important for the ongoing success of our industry to understand that the performance of the Project Superintendent is key to any project’s success in the field. Today’s responsibility and leadership functions placed within this position warrant a foundational college education within the relevant professional curriculum, and I applaud Mr. Holm and Dr. Schaufelberger for their recognition of same through this publication."

- Philip Lovell, P.E., Retired Vice President and Operations Manager, Turner Construction Company

Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of Tables

Preface

Abbreviations

Section A: Introductory concepts

Chapter 1 Introduction

Superintendents

Construction phases

Preconstruction planning

Start-up and mobilization

Construction operations

Close-out

Terminology and concepts

Case studies

Case study 1, commercial construction project

Case study 2, heavy civil construction project

Case study 3, commercial - industrial hybrid construction

project

Review questions

Chapter 2 Construction management fundamentals

Introduction

Contracting parties

Procurement

Project delivery

Traditional project delivery method

Agency construction management project delivery method

Construction management-at-risk delivery method

Design-build project delivery method

Bridging project delivery method

Integrated project delivery method

Public-private partnership project delivery method

Pricing methods

Contracts

Summary

Review questions

Exercises

Chapter 3 Construction organizations and responsibilities

Introduction

Organizations

Jobsite teams

Responsibilities

Home office responsibilities

Superintendent responsibilities

Removal of stereotypes

Project manager responsibilities

Other team members

Team cohesiveness

Summary

Review questions

Exercises

Section B: Preconstruction planning

Chapter 4 Preconstruction services

Introduction

Formal and informal preconstruction processes

Delivery method impacts, including IPD

Preconstruction contracts and fees

Estimating

Superintendent’s role during preconstruction

Summary

Review questions

Exercises

Chapter 5 Constructability analysis

Introduction

Design phases

Programming

Conceptual design

Schematic design

Design development

Construction documents

Constructability input

Value engineering

Summary

Review questions

Exercises

Chapter 6 Schedule preparation

Introduction

Schedule types

Contract schedules

Planning versus scheduling

Schedule development

Schedules as tools

Summary

Review questions

Exercises

Chapter 7 Superintendent preconstruction plans

Introduction

Risk analysis

Safety planning

Quality control planning

Hoisting plan

Traffic plan

Summary

Review questions

Exercises

Section C: Start-up and mobilization

Chapter 8 Site logistics planning

Introduction

Site logistics drawing

Material management

Lean construction

Off-site prefabrication

Just-in-time deliveries

Environmental considerations

Summary

Review questions

Exercises

Chapter 9 Team development

Introduction

Subcontractors

Subcontract agreements

Foremen

Labor relations

Summary

Review questions

Exercises

Chapter 10 Team building

Introduction

Superintendent and project owner relations

Superintendent and design team relations

Superintendent and city relations

Superintendent and neighborhood and community relations

Summary

Review questions

Exercises

Chapter 11 Mobilization

Introduction

Superintendent’s mobilization

Site surveys

Locating existing utilities

Site camp

Equipment mobilization

Preconstruction meeting with the city

Pre start-up activities

Project manager’s mobilization

Summary

Review questions

Exercises

 

 

 

Section D: Construction operations

Chapter 12 Superintendent control systems

Introduction

Safety control

Cost control

Direct labor management

Whole project direct work labor curve

Work packages

Cash flow management

Change order processing

Extra work orders

Back charges

Pay request processing

Direct labor productivity

Risk management

Summary

Review questions

Exercises

Chapter 13 Schedule control

Introduction

Schedule control techniques

Contract schedule: Status, update and revise

Lean construction techniques: Pull planning

Short-interval schedules

Specialty, area, system, and subcontract schedules

Summary

Review questions

Exercises

Chapter 14 Equipment management

Introduction

Construction tools

Equipment choices

Ownership

Internally owned

Contractor equipment companies

Outside ownership

Subcontractor ownership

Contracting

Operation

Self-operated

Rented and subcontractor-operated

Subcontractor provided

Owner-operators

Equipment safety

Equipment costs

Maintenance expense

Summary

Review questions

Exercises

Chapter 15 Communications and document control

Introduction

Daily job diary

Meetings

Owner-architect-contractor meetings

Foremen coordination meetings

Safety meetings

Requests for information

Submittals

Technology tools including building information modeling

Summary

Review questions

Exercises

Chapter 16 Quality management, including permit and inspection coordination

Introduction

Permit management

Building codes

Building permit

Specialty permits

City inspections

Quality management

Third-party inspections

Subcontractor start-up and testing

Summary

Review questions

Exercises

Section E: Construction close-out

Chapter 17 Punch list supervision

Introduction

Early inspections and in-process punch lists

Formal punch list development

Punch list correction

Final inspections and approvals

Certificate of occupancy

Certificate of substantial completion

Demobilization

Warranty management

Warranty service requests

Warranty response as a customer service

Summary

Review questions

Exercises

Chapter 18 Close-out documentation

Introduction

As-built drawings

Operation and maintenance manuals

Sustainability documentation

Project manager’s close-out

Contract completion

Summary

Review questions

Exercises

 

Section F: Advanced topics

Chapter 19 Superintendent leaders

Introduction

Home office leadership

Jobsite leadership

Leadership styles

Leadership traits

Motivating subcontractors and craftsmen

Developing leadership skills

Jobsite ethics

Summary

Review questions

Exercises

Chapter 20 Training the next generation of superintendents

Introduction

Formal superintendent educational programs

In-house contractor training programs

Gender and diversity issues

Retirement and the next superintendent chapter

Legacy

Summary

Review questions

Exercises

Appendices

Glossary

References

Index

About the Authors

Len Holm is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Washington, USA. He has over 40 years’ construction industry experience at all levels and owns his own construction management firm. He is the author of numerous books on construction, including Cost Accounting and Financial Management for Construction Project Managers, 101 Case Studies in Construction Management, and co-author of Introduction to Construction Project Engineering with Giovanni Migliaccio, also published by Routledge.

John E. Schaufelberger is Dean Emeritus of the College of Built Environments at the University of Washington, USA. He is the co-author of Management of Construction Projects: A Constructor's Perspective with Len Holm, Construction Equipment Management, 2nd Edition with Giovanni Migliaccio, and Professional Ethics for the Construction Industry with Rebecca Mirsky, also published by Routledge.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARC015000
ARCHITECTURE / Professional Practice
ARC017000
ARCHITECTURE / Project Management
ARC019000
ARCHITECTURE / Codes & Standards
ARC024000
ARCHITECTURE / Buildings / General
TEC005000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Construction / General
TEC005020
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Construction / Contracting
TEC009000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Engineering (General)
TEC032000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Quality Control
TEC062000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Project Management

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