Instructor: Thomas Martineau
Credit Hours: 1.00
Approval Number: J607CCA17
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This one hour distance learning course takes a look at the factors that have shaped the long-standing and often counterproductive feud between contractors and architects. These factors involve, but are not limited to, a natural antipathy and distrust between the two professions.
The course examines such feud-causing elements as the quasi-judicial role of architects, as well as the rival contractual boilerplates promoted by contractors and architects. Much of the discussion is bolstered by case study examples. The course concludes with an examination of five key elements that should be used to improve the troubled contractor – architect relationship: communication, respect, professionalism, honesty, and the three-way goal of time, cost and quality.
At the conclusion of this course, the participants will be able to:
- Understand the factors behind the contractor – architect feud
- Analyze the feud contributors, such as infrequent and frequent clients, the quasi-judicial role of the architect, and the differences between the AIA Standard Documents and the Consensus Documents
- Explain how communication, respect, professionalism and honesty can contribute to improving the contractor-architect relationship
- Recognize that time, cost and quality are shared goals of contractors and architects
Mr. Martineau is a licensed, registered architect, currently self-employed as facility management consultant (specialties facility planning, programming and maintenance, school safety and security, facilities condition assessment, facilities utilization, school kitchen and cafeteria management). He has conducted or served as team member of over fifty individual consulting efforts with K-12 schools across the United States.
As the President of Productivity house Inc since 1988, Tom has been in charge of market research and consulting services in facilities planning, programming, management, operations and security. In the past he has served as a major consultant to Shimizu Construction Company, 3M Company, AMP Corporation, Battelle Memorial Institute, CPA Associates, Ransomed Productions, MGT of America, and Evergreen Solutions, LLC. He continues to work with Prismatic Services, Inc., and International Making Cities Livable Council.
Tom has also served as a Professor of Architecture from 1985 to 2007. He was Professor and Director, at the Institute for Building Sciences, until 1992, then Professor of Architecture until Fall 2007. As the first full-time IBS Director, he developed and managed research contracts exceeding $1 million. The largest projects included recommendations for restructuring Florida's building construction regulations, and creating a maintenance protocol for the facilities inventory of the Florida Department of Transportation. He also established the first multiclient program on Intelligent Buildings.
As a professor, he taught in the areas of professional ethics, materials and methods of construction, lighting, acoustics, heating and cooling, design studio, and introduction to architecture.
In post-retirement, Tom taught as Adjunct Professor in lighting, acoustics, heating, cooling, and facilities management.