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Leadership vs. Management in Construction

Leadership vs. Management in Construction

In our previous post, we touched on how the US military differs from the corporate world in that it trains leaders more effectively than it does managers. While it may not seem obvious, leadership and management are actually two different skill sets. Both are as...

How the Military Transformed Me Into a Leader

How the Military Transformed Me Into a Leader

There is perhaps no more effective apparatus for creating and cultivating leaders than the United States Military.  In my more than 25 years of service in the Armed Forces, there is nothing that has better prepared me to lead the team here at Peak Development...

Having Difficult Conversations in Construction Management

Having Difficult Conversations in Construction Management

I’m going to shock you here: sometimes in construction, things don’t work out.  Sometimes things not working out means that a project has hit a snag. Other times, it means that a particular contractor isn’t performing up to snuff. Other times still, it means that...

Building trust into your construction project

Building trust into your construction project

We at Peak are builders.  In the simplest of terms, we primarily build places where people live; hotels, apartment complexes, student housing, retirement homes, etc.  We have done so through a process we call Do it Together Development, comprised of four main tenets: ...

Building Leaders: Lee Crewson, Founder & President

Building Leaders: Lee Crewson, Founder & President

Leaders influence and inspire. Leaders empower others to lead.  We expect everyone at Peak, regardless of title or experience, to conduct themselves as leaders in all of their dealings, internally and externally. When your management team is constructed with...

Construction Documents: Do It Together

Construction Documents: Do It Together

On any given construction project, one of the first, and largest, hurdles to overcome are your construction documents.  Construction documents are required very early in the process because in order to garner the planning board approvals, you need to have renderings...

My First Project: Justin Yellico, Project Manager

My First Project: Justin Yellico, Project Manager

At Peak, it is all about the team.  That is why, when developing not just the concept of Do-it-Together Development, but the four tenets that make it up, we made sure that the first two tenets were to build your team early and to leverage your team’s talents. The...

What Makes Hotel Construction Unique

What Makes Hotel Construction Unique

Building a hotel is, in many ways, no different than building an apartment, residence hall, or any other building where people live. There are considerations that set hotel projects apart, and knowing them makes all the difference in opening your new hotel on time, on...

Managing Cost, Quality, and Speed in Construction: Quality

Managing Cost, Quality, and Speed in Construction: Quality

When it comes to construction, the top three concerns on the mind of every building owner and developer are cost, quality, and speed.  Everyone wants their project to be of the highest quality at the lowest cost, and for it to be done in as little time as possible. It...

My First Project: John Scherer, Project Manager

My First Project: John Scherer, Project Manager

At Peak, it is all about the team.  That is why, when developing not just the concept of Do-it-Together Development, but the four tenets that make it up, we made sure that the first two tenets were to build your team early and to leverage your team’s talents. The...

Managing Cost, Quality, and Speed in Construction: Speed

Managing Cost, Quality, and Speed in Construction: Speed

When it comes to construction, the top three concerns on the mind of every building owner and developer are cost, quality, and speed.  Everyone wants their project to be of the highest quality at the lowest cost, and for it to be done in as little time as possible. It...

DIT Development Enhances Property Improvement Plans

DIT Development Enhances Property Improvement Plans

Providing the highest-quality guest experience is of paramount importance in buildings where people live.  Every hotel brand wants to make sure that when a guest walks into their building, it looks new and fresh, not run-down and outdated. In order to accomplish this,...

My First Project: Charlie Reinhardt

My First Project: Charlie Reinhardt

At Peak, it is all about the team.  That is why, when developing not just the concept of Do-it-Together Development, but the four tenets that make it up, we made sure that the first two tenets were to build your team early and to leverage your team’s talents. The...

Scrimp Now, Pay Later: Sound Reduction

Scrimp Now, Pay Later: Sound Reduction

Over the past few weeks on this blog, we have been talking about an ongoing challenge that developers face:  how to maximize ROI on your project.  For many developers, the way to maximize ROI is simple: spend less money. We find this common approach to be reasonable...

How to Shorten Your Construction Schedule

How to Shorten Your Construction Schedule

The four tenets of “Do it Together” Development (build your team early, leverage your team’s talents, protect your time, and manage your project proactively) are all about one thing: delivering your project on time, on budget, or better. Shortening your project...

Maximizing Construction ROI: Quality or Low Bid?

Maximizing Construction ROI: Quality or Low Bid?

One of the cornerstones of the Do-it-Together Development philosophy (and, frankly, one of the main reasons that it brings success to those who practice it) is perspective. All four of the tenets of DIT Development (build your team early, leverage your team’s...

Red Flags that Send Contractors Running

Red Flags that Send Contractors Running

The key word in “Do it Together” Development is “together.” That’s why the first two tenets of DIT Development are “Build Your Team Early” and “Leverage Your Team’s Talents.” The team you build around you is crucial to your success as a DIT Developer. But, some...

DIT Development in Action

DIT Development in Action

In addition to proclaiming the virtues of the tenets and best practices of the Do it Together Development philosophy, we also want to share examples of how this philosophy shapes up in real projects that we’ve led.  Over the past 8 years, members of our team have...

Development Danger Zones: Avoiding Costly Delays

Development Danger Zones: Avoiding Costly Delays

The four tenets of Do it Together Development are all about one thing: reducing cost through proactively minimizing or, ideally, outright eliminating delays. Opening on time, on budget, or better is the stated goal of virtually every construction project. Yet, delays...

Do It Together Development: Manage Your Project Proactively

Do It Together Development: Manage Your Project Proactively

In recent articles, we have been laying out what has proven to us to be the most effective way to develop any construction project on time, on budget, or better. It’s a team-based approach that we deploy in every one of our clients’ projects. Whether you're focused,...

Do It Together Development: Protect Your Time

Do It Together Development: Protect Your Time

The last two posts on our blog focused on the first two tenets of what we call “Do It Together” Development. The tenets are “Build Your Team Early” and “Leverage Your Team’s Talents,” respectively. The reason that we encourage developers and owners to do those things...

Do It Together Development: Leveraging Your Team’s Talents

Do It Together Development: Leveraging Your Team’s Talents

As we stated in our previous post, Do It Together Development: A Team-Based Approach, the value of having your full team in place, working in tandem, at the very beginning of the project can be immense. It’s the first tenet of DIT Development, build your team early....

“Do It Together” Development: A Team-Based Approach

“Do It Together” Development: A Team-Based Approach

There is an old African proverb that reads: If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. This might be true in a lot of circumstances, but it’s not true when it comes to development and construction where time is literally money. In this...

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