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9.13.21

How to Avoid Close Out Chaos

Dear YouDig?,
It has been a struggle lately.  We don’t have trouble getting work. In fact we are booming. The problem: We can’t seem to close out a project without email accusations, letter campaigns, lawyers and a whole lot of wasted time and money. It doesn’t matter if we are acting as the developer, design builder, subcontractor or otherwise. Project close out is ALWAYS a major hassle. Why do other project players want to whip up all kinds of excuses to stop the money from flowing at the end of the projects? What can we do to change this awful pattern of last minute money grabs?
– Chaos at Close Out

8.5.21

Rio Olympics

Dear YouDig?,

We are here in Rio. That’s right… Rio De Janeiro.  Years ago we were presented with the opportunity (misfortune or good fortune tbd) of being  part of the construction team building an arena, athlete housing  and a portion of the media center for the 2016 Summer Olympics.  For years now we managed to meet ridiculous deadlines while also dealing with the construction standards that are, frankly rubbish:  the Zika bug, dirty water, unmotivated workers and, shall we say,  an “unorthodox”  bureaucratic gauntlet.  Finally, on August 5th,  the eve of the opening ceremonies, we turned over the project to the Brazilian government.  How should we celebrate this monumental accomplishment?

– Her Name Was Lola

7.12.21

Design Builder – Style Points

Dear YouDig?

We are a design builder with jobs throughout Ohio and the Midwest. We have noticed an increase in workplace discrimination and hostility on many of the jobs we are running. This is definitely not our style but seems uncontrollable. What responsibility, if any do we have to eliminate or reduce the risk of this becoming a problem for us or our clients? Style Points.

6.14.21

Shocked – Electric Contractor

Get Paid

Dear YouDig?

We are an electric subcontractor and for years we worked all over Ohio. We are happy to get the work but so often we can’t get paid. Seems like the little guy always gets stiffed. What are we doing wrong? – Shocked.

5.28.21

Be a lion.

Dear YouDig?

We are a commercial design builder. We strive for greatness in all of our work. Even still we end up with complaints and a ton of close out issues on virtually every project. I know, that is the norm. The time wasted is maddening. Certain members of our counsel are in favor of paying off everyone and avoiding litigation even if the owner is wrong.  Where is the threshold for swallowing our pride and caving?

-Tired.