Jake Smithwick

Jake Smithwick
University of North Carolina at Charlotte | UNC Charlotte · Engineering Technology and Construction Management

Doctor of Philosophy

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The construction industry could enormously benefit from the young graduates starting their professional journey well equipped with the necessary ethical principles. This study mainly intended to see if there is a relationship between the personalities of construction engineering students and their views of ethics in the construction industry. It ev...
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Addressing safety concerns during the design phase of a project is one principle in the concept of prevention through design (Lorent, 1987) that was proposed to address hazards during construction; this principle can also be applied to address OM&R hazards. Alternative project delivery methods allow designers to contribute to construction safety an...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to organize and compare benchmark information gathered during the development of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) consensus report Facilities Staffing Requirements for Veterans Health Administration (VHA) – Resource Planning and Methodology for the Future and other publicly av...
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In today’s rapidly changing market, effective organizational change adoption has become a core competency for many Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) organizations to maintain competitiveness. Many barriers and hindrances stand in the way of the successful adoption of an organizational change initiative, with employee’s resistance to...
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The construction industry has used personality assessments as a tool in personnel hiring, promotion, and talent development processes. However, many companies enter uncharted waters with how to best utilize these assessments. The purpose of this study is to identify the traits, characteristics, and skillsets of top-performing electrical contractors...
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The architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry has often been accused of being slow to adopt change. Yet the breadth of available technology solutions in the modern AEC industry continues to grow. Companies therefore must be adept at organizational change management; otherwise, the full benefits of technology solutions may never be...
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Most state transportation agencies (STAs) maintain a qualified product list (QPL), which serves as the primary tool for project managers to select products, materials, and equipment during construction or other maintenance projects. The QPL is continuously updated with the help of a product evaluation program (PEP) to ensure quality products, conti...
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Understanding the role that facility size and space play in making both accurate benchmarking comparisons and in forecasting operating costs of acquired assets is crucial to effectively managing facilities in an increasingly competitive market. While facility-based benchmarking has been embraced by the industry for some time, there exists little re...
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Cost and schedule growth have been a heavily studied topic within the construction industry, particularly related to the horizontal sector or within the context of projects of substantial size. Yet relatively little research has focused on smaller project sizes within the facilities operation and maintenance sector, which were comprised of vertical...
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Once the construction phase for buildings comes to a close, facility owners become responsible for day-today operations, maintenance, and renovation (OM&R) needs. These needs can vary depending on the type of facility and can include maintenance and monitoring of electrical, mechanical, and plumbing systems; repair/renovation of cladding and curtai...
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It has become widely understood throughout the construction industry that a direct linear relationship exists between project cost overruns and schedule delays. Much of this relationship is a product of identifiable risks encountered due to issues resulting from contractor's capabilities, owner's change in scope, designer's caused errors and omissi...
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The architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry has often been accused of being slow to adopt change. Yet in the modern AEC industry–where the breadth of available technology solutions continues to grow–companies must be increasingly adept at organizational change management to maintain their competitive edge. When a company fails to...
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The procurement processes used in the alternative contracting methods of design-build (DB) and construction manager at risk (CMAR) are heavily focused on best-value and qualifications-based selection. However, previous research has not examined the effectiveness of owners' evaluation criteria in differentiating among competing bidders. The objectiv...
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Although a main goal of low-bid procurement is to maximize project value, the approach can actually increase project cost and duration if construction document deficiencies are not resolved early on. This study examined in which construction phase (before or after contract execution) contractors discover document deficiencies, when owners learn of...
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Construction projects are fraught with risks. These if occur can impact both cost and schedule of the project. Studies on risk management plan and its phases, risk-based-procurement, risk-based-delivery method selection, and risk-based-bidding, can be found in abundance in literature. However, very little to no research has been conducted to analyz...
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Many researchers have tried to predict the factors that can influence the performance of individuals. Similarly, performance of construction engineering and management students in colleges have also been a topic of research for many researcher, for many feel performances in college has an influence on the performance in the construction industry. P...
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Evaluating the structural integrity of curtain walls during the life cycle of a building project can assist architects in developing better designs, help contractors establish better installation methods, and allow facility managers make informed maintenance decisions. This paper presents an effort to develop a process which combines three types of...
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The field of facility management (FM) has existed alongside other related fields, such as engineering and construction, yet its place within traditional education pathways is less formalized than is the case with other areas of the built environment. As such, those seeking entry into the profession will discover that it is largely undefined and a f...
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Creating an effective scope of work (SOW) document is critical for project success, but many organizations fail to develop SOWs or ensure they contain the needed information. Consequently, project owners face increased project risk in terms of project cost, duration, and quality. This article identifies methods to improve the SOW and, by extension,...
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Few studies have investigated best practices for organizational change management (OCM) within the electrical contracting industry. This study had two research questions: first, to determine whether there is a relationship between electrical contractor usage of OCM practices and successful change adoption; second, to identify whether electrical con...
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The 2007–2009 recession significantly affected the U.S. construction industry, with unemployment peaking at approximately 20%. In such circumstances, construction companies must devise strategies to adapt to and even counteract declining revenue. One tactic is to reduce home office overhead costs, such as bonuses, rent, and business development exp...
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Owner organizations are increasingly using alternative project delivery methods of design-build (DB) and construction manager at risk (CMAR). Documented advantages of these delivery methods include the opportunity to improve project constructability, value engineering, innovativeness, and collaboration. The experience, qualifications, and technical...
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The purpose of this research is to better understand the current state of US healthcare FM industry hiring practices from FM academic programs. A national survey was distributed to healthcare FM directors to collect quantifiable information on healthcare organizations and their hiring practices from FM academic programs. Survey respondents that hir...
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Facility Manager (FM) role requires expertise in various aspects of facility maintenance. Due to the diverse job functions as an FM, outsourcing and hiring external vendors is a common practice in the industry to gain additional expertise. Since a facility manager oversees the external vendor's contract and the performance of the external vendor di...
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Purpose The purpose of this research is to better understand employment barriers into the healthcare facilities management (FM) industry for new FM college graduates. Design/methodology/approach A national survey was distributed to healthcare FM managers and directors to collect information on individual demographics, hiring practices, and opinion...
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Customer satisfaction is arguably one of the most important key performance indicators (KPIs) in the business world. Facilities management (FM) researchers and practitioners have begun to examine this KPI and adapt it for use in facility services. Most of the adaptations have regarded internal benchmarks and use in quality management. Though resear...
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Benchmarking is a commonly used practice in many business sectors. However, its adoption in construction and facility management has been limited. At its core, performance benchmarking measures correspond with the owner's strategic goals, are a team-oriented process requiring support from many different partners, and must be capable of being acted...
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Public education systems are facing pressure on the performance of existing infrastructure amid a growing population, while also decreasing costs and meeting tight deadlines. However, this area also presents opportunities to improve the students’ experience, produce high-performing infrastructure, and positively impact learning conditions. A longit...
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As the execution of facilities management becomes more sophisticated, specialized skill in managing specific types of buildings has become necessary. Maintaining historic structures and sites falls into this type of specialized classification. This paper is a case study review of the unique “best practices” at the Nauvoo Historic Site located in Na...
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The purpose of this paper is to present a case study on the application of the Lean Six Sigma (LSS) quality improvement methodology to facilities management (FM) services at a healthcare organization. Research literature was reviewed concerning whether or not LSS has been applied in healthcare-based FM, but no such studies have been published. This...
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Energy management is becoming increasingly important in the building sector due to the fact that it accounts for 50% of total energy consumption in industrial nations. The objective of this study was to compare a partial thermal energy storage system and a traditional air-cooled chiller system in a building retrofit in Alachua County, Florida in or...
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Research has shown roofing systems with high solar reflectance and thermal emissivity lead to less heat absorption, a consequential reduction in cooling load demand, and a resultant reduction on energy expenditure. Studies on energy savings from cool roof coatings have been conducted for decades and when compared to more traditional roofing systems...
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The Queen Elizabeth II Highway provides the sole transportation link between the city of Edmonton and the city of Leduc. Over 35,000 vehicles commute between these areas on a daily basis, while the Edmonton International Airport is strategically positioned between them. The Canadian government has recognized the need for an alternative transportati...
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Early identification and communication of risks throughout the construction phase allows project teams to manage and minimize cost increases and schedule delays while increasing customer satisfaction. A better understanding of the distribution of risks during a construction project can improve risk management. This research created a new term, risk...
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For owner organizations in the architecture, engineering, and construction industry, successful implementation of new processes for procuring, contracting, and managing requires a concerted change management effort. The objective of this study was to empirically measure the impact of individual change management factors on minimizing resistance fro...
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Increasingly competitive business environments and restrictive financial conditions have led owner organizations in the architecture, engineering, and construction industry to implement alternative project delivery methods. Whereas the goal of alternative project delivery methods (APDMs) is to increase project delivery performance, the organization...
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For large public organizations, implementing a new project delivery strategy for architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) services requires significant organizational change. A key challenge is how to address the specific needs of multiple individual AEC projects while maintaining organization-wide consistency. Numerous barriers exist to h...
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The authors have observed consistent breakdowns in performance across a multitude of organizations. This is especially true in construction, where a misalignment of expectations causes project deviation. The risk of cost overruns and delays increases as the overall project size and complexity also increase. Facility Managers may see the differences...
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The City of Roseville is utilizing a best value selection and contract management process for the delivery of their $19M park renewal and upgrade program. The best value process minimizes decision of the client, and requires pre-planning from the vendors. This paper analyzes the impact external factors can have on a successful implementation of bes...
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In 1996, a coating and water proofing systems Manufacturer approached the Performance Based Studies Research Group (PBSRG) at Arizona State University (ASU) and requested assistance to identify the differential of their product as compared to others in the industry, create a performance measurement system to identify the high quality applicators, a...
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This is a case study of a construction product manufacturer's effort to become a profitable manufacturer of roofing systems while providing a best value product to the client (best performance at the lowest cost.) The manufacturer was attempting to become successful with product performance in an industry where low performance of competing products...

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The purpose of an AMP is to assist asset owners in the effort to enable assets to reach the end of their anticipated useful life. However, the determination of what defines a useful life is based on an overall Strategic Asset Management Plan. Similar to the needs of buildings, there are industries that also strive to organize their asset management plan.