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Must-Read Construction Management & Ops Books

Looking for construction management and operations books that you can read in small bites or dive into when you’ve got an hour or two to spare? We scanned a few industry book review sites to identify just those kinds of books for you to stack on your nightstand or peruse on a lunch break.

Many of these titles have a reasonable price tag and offer practical knowledge. And if page flipping isn’t your style, several of these titles also are available as e-books.

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

This book utilizes case studies and practical applications of innovative and efficient processes for handling a variety of issues and problems in architectural practice and building design. It’s a great choice for a new professional or a seasoned architect looking to enhance strategies for working with clients; revamp processes and efficiency; better coordinate with governing agencies; and making your business profitable.

Running a Successful Construction Company (For Pros, by Pros)

If you’re looking for hands-on knowledge from someone who has actually made the mistakes you’re trying to avoid in running your business, this book is worth checking out. It is written by a builder who came up through the trades, and who, for decades, has run a highly respected and successful construction operation specializing in remodeling and new construction.

The Operational Guide: Contract and Commercial Management (IACCM Series, Business Management)

The link takes you directly to a PDF of the e-book! When contracting can make or break your business, you want to be sure you know how to do it right.

From the initial meeting with a potential client to working out roles and responsibilities, and executing the construction plan, there’s a lot more that goes into contracting than just crossing the t's and signing on the dotted line. This ground-breaking title from leading authority IACCM (International Association for Contract and Commercial Management) represents the collective wisdom and experience of Contract, Legal and Commercial experts from some of the world’s leading companies to define how to partner for performance.

This practical guidance is designed to support practitioners through the contract lifecycle and to give both ‘supply’ and ‘buy’ perspectives, leading to a more consistent approach and language that supports greater efficiency and effectiveness.

Construction Site Planning and Logistical Operations: Site-Focused Management for Builders

Organizing and administering a construction site so that the right resources get to the right place in a timely fashion demands strong leadership and a rigorous process. Your profitability is only as strong as your logistics.

The book was written by educator-practitioners from Purdue University’s building construction management program. The authors know what it means to get your boots dirty and provide you with a practical, essential guide to efficient site management, covering topics such as bidding, managerial practices, operational and equipment issues, logistics, and project closeout.

The chapters are set up to serve as informative reading with real-word applications, making it idea for workshops or training seminars, too.

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