LePatner’s Book Hit’s the Nail on the Head


As an attorney with 30 years experience, Barry LePatner has had a front row seat in observing the inefficiencies of the construction industry. In his new book, LePatner shares his observations and makes some recommendations on how the industry might improve.

LePatner discusses his book here.

Based on the interviews I’ve read and heard I can see that LePatner shares many of our beliefs. Though his solutions are legal in nature (switching to fixed-price contracts, for one), they make a lot of sense. Combining his suggestions with innovations in technology and quality management at the job site, can create the productivity gains that LePatner cites has being vital to the health of the US economy.

More to come once I finish reading the book…


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2 Responses to “LePatner’s Book Hit’s the Nail on the Head”

  1. Mark Says:

    LePatner makes a good case for fundamental change in an industry that each year gets less efficient and workers are less productive.

    I have been involved in several high-rise luxury condominium projects – I estimate the waste at 30-50%. We employed a few consultants who approached the jobs to “cut construction costs.” That IS the problem. It isn’t a matter of cutting costs, it’s about reinventing the whole construction process.

    There is a deal simmering in Dallas where a notable architect and a large GC claim to be able to cut the build schedule in half – 14 months, instead of 28 for a 35 story building. They weren’t looking to cut costs, they were looking to speed the delivery. It looks promising. They also believe the costs will be 20-30% less. I’ve only had one conversation with them at an AutoDesk Revit Users meeting and they presented it as a design-build system and a whole new way to complete buildings. They were also working on patents for there innovations. I’ll keep an eye on them.

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