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Building Construction: Project Management, Construction Administration, Drawings, Specs, Detailing Tips, Schedules, Checklists, and Secrets Others Don’t Tell You: Architectural Practice Simplified, 2E

Chen, Gang

Verlag: ArchiteG, Incorporated, 2012
ISBN 10: 0984374140 / ISBN 13: 9780984374144
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Titel: Building Construction: Project Management, ...

Verlag: ArchiteG, Incorporated

Erscheinungsdatum: 2012

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Inhaltsangabe: 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.

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What others are saying about
  "Building Construction" (or "Architectural Practice Simplified," 2nd edition)...
"Exceptional for what it does
"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."
-- S. Freeman
"Gang Chen hits it on the spot!
" In a world of books that contain the words Architectural Practice, Gang Chen's book stands apart. They say the time it takes for a person to decide if a technical book is good or not is a few minutes. Go to any page of this book and you will find something useful. When I made the transition from school to a full time job at an Architectural firm, every day was a nightmare since I would find a hundred things that I didn't know. I wish I had this book at that point. This is a must read and must have for someone making this transition from education to real world practice. Architecture is not just about design but all also the numerous other processes which make it a whole. "Architectural Practice Simplified" makes you aware of those processes which you were not taught at school.

I could write a long essay about why you should buy this book, or I can summarize it one sentence. True to its title, this book does simplify the practice of Architecture into its most simple blocks! Architectural Practice Simplified: A Survival Guide and Checklists for Building Construction and Site Improvements as well as Tips on Architecture, Building Design, Construction and Project Management "
-- Prashanth K. Mahakali

"Mother of all Handy books
"An excellent "handy book," Building Construction by Gang Chen, 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 simplify 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 handy books."
-- swankysenor
"Wonderful Desktop Resource
"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...

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."
-- Bobby Darnell        
"Concise Compilation of Architectural Office Processes
"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."
--TJ Tutay
"Great Source of Information
"I really enjoyed reading "Architectural Practice Simplified." The language is simple and coveys a lot...a fabulous survival guide for all of us. Thumbs up..."
-- Dhar

"A Practical Guide
" It provides not only a transition from school to office, but it is also a complete and helpful checklist for day to day architectural practice. It is easy to understand, remember, and apply. Through it, you can understand how a project can be easily run. I found that much of the experience I gained from working in an architectural firm for a number of years is summarized and concisely presented here. Very practical, highly recommended."
-- Yingchun Lu "Eileen"

"A great book!!!
"This book was easy to read and follow. I found all the check lists very helpful. I would recommend this book to any one making the transition from school into the working field or someone who just started working. It summarizes all aspects of the business of architecture, from client interaction to project management. Thank you."
-- Angie
"Useful Collection of Tips and Guidelines
"This book is a collection of useful information gathered over the course of a career. It provides a briefing for young professionals on what to expect and look out for as they start working. As such, it provides some valuable insights into the mechanics of the practice of architecture. I found the design development and construction document checklists to be particularly valuable for navigating some of the trickier aspects of the design and documentation process. Given the recent attention on the value of checklists in managing complex tasks topics, this book seems particularly timely...All in all, Architectural Practice Simplified is a useful collection of tips and guidelines for both new and seasoned professionals. "
-- M. Kilkelly

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