Construction Business Management: What Every Construction Contractor, Builder & Subcontractor Needs to Know

[wpramazon asin=”0876298250″]
[wpramazon asin=”B00WT6P5UI”]

6 Responses to Construction Business Management: What Every Construction Contractor, Builder & Subcontractor Needs to Know

  • Mark Collins "Building Construction Program, ... says:
    17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A testimony to the principles of this text, February 13, 2007
    This review is from: Construction Business Management: What Every Construction Contractor, Builder & Subcontractor Needs to Know (Paperback)
    Upon graduation from Georgia Tech’s building construction program in 1982, I went to work for Nick Ganaway. One of the many reasons I selected his company was his obvious knowledge of business. Even more, I appreciated the motivation he placed in us (and himself) to always become better as contractors and as businessmen. We met frequently to “log in” new discoveries, efficiencies, risks, and methods of profitability that he had wisely accumulated for us. As I “ventured out” into the world and developed my own business with very little experience, I quickly noticed that although I was a “great” project manager that running a construction company was an entirely different issue. For example, do you understand the unique requirements of the construction firm owner? Terms in the project owner’s construction agreement that can unfairly shift major risk onto your plate and what to do about them? How to ensure that you get paid for change orders? What to do when hard times suddenly strike (and they will)? After 25 years of experience in operating a commercial construction company, Mr. Ganaway explains chapter-by-chapter these and every other risk area you must manage if you are going to survive in construction. I know these explanations well as they ring in my mind from discussions with Mr. Ganaway concerning my very first projects and through calling for help with running my own construction business. You will feel like you’re having these same discussions with him as you read this book. Every contractor, project manager, and construction student should read it. Today I use this very text to teach our students at Georgia Tech’s building construction program how to run a business, as well as consulting in the same area. His principles work!

    An added bonus to this text is the final chapter, where Mr. Ganaway makes the case for specializing in chain store construction. To “outsiders” who have not reviewed this market segment, I think you will be surprised at the benefits. If you are not already specializing in a niche market, this chapter is sure to start you thinking about it.

    0

    Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 

    Was this review helpful to you? Yes
    No

  • Thomas C. Schleifer says:
    13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great Book!, January 31, 2007
    By 

    This review is from: Construction Business Management: What Every Construction Contractor, Builder & Subcontractor Needs to Know (Paperback)
    This is the first straightforward, down-to-earth book on how to run a construction business that I have come across. A realistic account of what it takes to start an enterprise and what it’s like to be a contractor. Anyone contemplating starting their own construction company should read this before attempting it and every contractor already working at it should study Nick’s work to learn how to do it better and to realize that they are not alone when they discover just how challenging and difficult the struggle for success can be. Everyone associated with the construction industry should read this book to gain an understanding of how the business really works.

    Thomas, C. Schleifer, Ph.D.

    Visiting Eminent Scholar

    Del E. Webb School of Construction

    Arizona State University

    Author, Construction Contractors’ Survival Guide

    0

    Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 

    Was this review helpful to you? Yes
    No

  • L. DeVoe says:
    12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Important Information for New Contractors, April 10, 2007
    By 

    Verified Purchase(What’s this?)
    This review is from: Construction Business Management: What Every Construction Contractor, Builder & Subcontractor Needs to Know (Paperback)
    If you are a person that is just starting out in the Construction industry, this book can help guide you in the right direction. Many mistakes that I have made in the past 10 years are covered in these pages. I wish I would have had this book back then. It would have made our company grow and prosper without the glitches. I highly recommend this book.

    0

    Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 

    Was this review helpful to you? Yes
    No

  • Wayne Valzania "Capomastro" says:
    22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    A Good Overview, July 8, 2010
    Verified Purchase(What’s this?)
    I think “Toward a Zero Energy Home” provides a good overview of what is going on in the technology side of building. I like the fact that a variety of opinions are presented for the reader on different methods working toward the same goal of building a technically smart, energy efficient living space. Anyone interested in this subject will find numerous other books that should be read as well for a more complete understanding of the topic. This volume, in my opinion, holds its own as one of the books that will contribute to that knowledge and is a worthwhile read.

    0

    Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 

    Was this review helpful to you? Yes
    No

  • Carlos A. Mendoza "Sailing Cook" says:
    32 of 38 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    A bit too generic for my taste…, May 9, 2010
    By 
    Carlos A. Mendoza “Sailing Cook” (New Jersey, USA) –
    (REAL NAME)
      

    Verified Purchase(What’s this?)
    While there is nothing inherently wrong with the book (I’m sure it will be exactly what some buyers want) it simply didn’t meet my needs. I felt like I was reading a bunch of articles from my Fine Homebuilding magazine (BTW, great magazine).

    That is, it covered all sorts of areas, but none of them in enough detail for my liking. In that sense, it is a complete “Guide” to energy self-sufficiency at home.

    0

    Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 

    Was this review helpful to you? Yes
    No

  • ocean t sweet "O" says:
    10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great Start, February 14, 2011
    Verified Purchase(What’s this?)
    This is the best resource I’ve come across. I’m in the process of completely gutting and remodeling a house, and I want to do everything as energy efficiently as possible. Unfortunately, I wish the photos and the designs of the houses in this book were a little more inspiring and innovative, but I think this represents the state of the art at the moment. The overall tone is a bit more cautious than I’d prefer, but there is lots of good information and good ideas so that conceptually I can perfect my own designs and innovations based on what’s here.

    0

    Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 

    Was this review helpful to you? Yes
    No

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *