New Orleans Business Market Receives National Acclaim

Over the weekend a good friend living in New York City, sent me a link to a Wall Street Journal article which outlines what all of us here in New Orleans have been seeing over the past few years, new exciting business growth. The article by Douglas McCollam, talks about the success of the non-profit […]

The US Supreme Court’s AZ Immigration Decision Could Spell Trouble For The Construction Industry

By now you're heard the news that the United States Supreme Court has upheld the controversial Arizona immigration law allowing states to shut down businesses that hire illegal workers. A pointed summary of law's effects is found in the above-linked WSJ article: The Legal Arizona Workers Act requires employers to use a federal system called […]

How To Make Arbitration “Worth It” Again

Arbitration has been the talk of the town amongst the legal community this week, and really, it should be. One could say that arbitration is at a crossroads these days.   Over the years, the expenses and delays associated with arbitration have rivaled litigation.   From a personal level, I can tell you that arbitration is simply […]

Liens Make Your Payment Problem the Entire Project’s Biggest Problem

When you don't get paid on a construction project, that is a big problem for you and your company. But, is it a big problem for the entire construction project? Not likely. So, how do you make your problem an important problem to the other players working on a construction job? With a mechanic's lien, […]

The Project in Las Vegas A Large-Scale Example of Typical Construction Dispute

A mega-project in Las Vegas is having real problems; mega-problems.   But when you look past the large numbers, all that is left is a simple construction dispute that is played out everyday across the nation between contractors, subcontractors and owners.   The dispute - reported recently by the Wall Street Journal - serves as […]

National Building Code with Green Building Implications on Horizon?

Late in 2009, the Wall Street Journal reported that the U.S. Congress in considering a national building code.   The national building code wouldn't necessarily interfere with a state or county's general building regulations, but would instead focus almost exclusively on setting national green building benchmarks. Some have celebrated the idea of a national building code […]

WSJ Reports Money Coming for Government Green Building Work…Just Not Yet

Just before Christmas, the Wall Street Journal published an article about how "Green Builders [are] Awaiting The Green." The article simply reminded us (and builders across the country) that the General Services Administration had until the end of 2009 to allocate $2 billion for green building construction projects.   And another $3.5 billion is waiting for […]

Will The Health Care Bill Hurt Small Contractors?

At the eleventh hour, the U.S. Senate added a provision to the controversial health care bill pending in Congress that has the construction industry on edge.    The Associated General Contractors of America released a statement on their website complaining that "without debate or advance notice, language was added to the Senate health care legislation that […]

39.8 Million Reasons Builders Need To Be Concerned about Chinese Drywall

Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that powerhouse builder Lennar Corp. has identified 400 homes in Florida with Chinese Drywall, and has set aside $39.8 million to repair the homes. This is an enormous amount of money, and it should be a wake-up call to builders and homeowners who have yet to clash over […]