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Recommended book/resources on building construction/renovation?
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I am a fairly senior PM that has been asked to help with building renovation and construction projects. This is a new area for me and I am looking for some background. Does anyone have a recommended book or resource for a PM moving into building construction/renovation?
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Being in the construction industry for more than 14 years, I can tell you that managing construction projects is very challenging and could be even more challenging for PM's with no prior experience in construction.

I can't recommend a certain book as I never used one before but probably look at the best sellers online and try one of them. Construction Management is not a standard as it differs from one building type to another so you need to have some sort of technical background (You do not need to be an expert) in order to make sense of the schedule, estimates and progress.

Sorry if I wasn't of much help but I thought I'd give you my honest opinion Nicolle.
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I would like to add something else: In construction, you need to be mindful and fully aware of the contrctural obligation, familiar with the building codes, zoning & city requirements too. You might want to start by looking at those in Abby if you haven't already.
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1 reply by Nicolle Bourget
Aug 22, 2018 10:54 AM
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Thanks Rami! Great ideas.
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I would say PMI's own "Construction Extension to the PMBOK Guide":

https://www.pmi.org/pmbok-guide-standards/...ction-extension
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1 reply by Nicolle Bourget
Aug 22, 2018 10:54 AM
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Thank you Sante! That is a very good idea and I will definitely check it out.
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HI Nicolle, check out for members with construction background in the projectmanagement.com.
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Aug 22, 2018 10:55 AM
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Thank you Rajesh! You are right, I might be able to find a mentor or someone who has done the same lateral move.
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Aug 21, 2018 8:03 PM
Replying to Rami Kaibni
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I would like to add something else: In construction, you need to be mindful and fully aware of the contrctural obligation, familiar with the building codes, zoning & city requirements too. You might want to start by looking at those in Abby if you haven't already.
Thanks Rami! Great ideas.
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Aug 21, 2018 8:48 PM
Replying to Sante Vergini
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I would say PMI's own "Construction Extension to the PMBOK Guide":

https://www.pmi.org/pmbok-guide-standards/...ction-extension
Thank you Sante! That is a very good idea and I will definitely check it out.
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Aug 21, 2018 11:01 PM
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HI Nicolle, check out for members with construction background in the projectmanagement.com.
Thank you Rajesh! You are right, I might be able to find a mentor or someone who has done the same lateral move.
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Nicolle,

Construction expansion like Sante Suggested.
List suggested by Rami sound really good.

Read all the contracts and tenders, subcontract if your organization has some. Also, see if there is no conflict in contracts where things are assigned twice or not at all.
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Not heard of special books on construction. Based on my experience, you need to identify the sequence of the works and plan them accordingly. When it comes to renovation and you want to modify the structure of building, you need to get advise from civil engineers. Had bad experience though

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