Kenneth Sullivan

Kenneth Sullivan
Arizona State University | ASU · School of Sustainable Engineering & the Built Environment

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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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The architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry is introduced to a lot of innovations and changes in various types such as technology (software and hardware informational systems), management process (alternative project delivery, alternative procurement methods, and process improvements), and business structure (mergers, acquisition...
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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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The request for proposal (RFP) process is essential to the subsequent success of software project implementations. The RFP seeks to identify an appropriate software solution to best meet the client organisation’s scope and contractually establishes the project’s baseline cost and schedule expectations. However, there is a lack of RFP-research relat...
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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 construction projects in the developing countries are marred with delays, cost overruns and low satisfaction levels. This paper focuses on analysis of the data collected from a survey that include the twenty-three (23) common risk factors that cause non-performance in construction projects in developing countries. The factors were consolidated...
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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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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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Group assignments are an important aspect of engineering and construction curriculum, which help students build their skillset in collaboration, teamwork, and communication. GPA, GRE, TOEFL scores, or other grading scale which reflect student academic performance, have been used in grouping student. Many previous researches have also been conducted...
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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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For an engineering or construction firm, the decision to enter a new market sector (e.g., add a trade or service, expand geographically) is a complex undertaking, particularly since the industry-specific literature provides little guidance on how to navigate these market entry decisions. This research uses an original design for consensus-building...
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Purpose— The purpose of this research is to better understand learning outcomes essential for college students to be effective entry-level healthcare facility managers, establishing a healthcare FM education framework to further open FM academic programs as a sustainable source of new talent for the healthcare FM industry. Design/methodology/appro...
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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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Construction project managers (PMs) are critical to the execution of successful construction projects, conducting and orchestrating the intricacies of dynamic and complex projects. A large state university was challenged with attracting and retaining PMs in their construction department during a period of rapid university growth and departmental re...
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Research has shown that public construction projects in Saudi Arabia have exhibited poor performance for the past three decades. Recent studies have identified that contractors are not the main party that cause risks as owners, designers, and other parties have the major share of causing risks in the industry. The traditional risk management practi...
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Research has shown that public construction projects in Saudi Arabia have exhibited poor performance for the past three decades. Recent studies have identified the ownership of parties who cause risks and lead to low performance in the Saudi construction industry. These studies identified that contractors are not the main party that cause risks as...
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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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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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Research has shown that construction projects in Saudi Arabia have exhibited poor performance for the past three decades. The Saudi construction environment lacks many of the best practices found in more developed countries, such as prequalification, bonding, and 3rd party insurance. The government’s construction relies on the low bid delivery meth...
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W117 aims to change construction procurement and stakeholder organizations worldwide through the use of the information-based Best Value Approach (BVA). As such, it differs from most CIB Commissions that are more science driven, while W117 is more concept and impact driven. It has been one of the most successful CIB Commissions in bridging the gap...
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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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Owners in the architecture, engineering, and construction industry are consciously shifting their procurement and project management practices in search of higher performance. Yet a concerted change management effort is required in order to ensure project teams are able to adopt new practices successfully. This study utilized an action research app...
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Managing project risk in construction is becoming increasingly critical for ensuring that project objectives are met effectively. Perceptions and practices related to effective risk management vary among contractors, which results in different levels of risk-management capabilities. A best-value selection method enables owners to identify, during t...
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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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For the past three decades, the Saudi construction industry (SCI) has exhibited poor performance. Many research efforts have tried to identify the problem and the potential causes but there have been few publications identifying ways to mitigate the problem and describing testing to validate the proposed solution. This paper examines the research a...
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Warranties in the construction industry have become more prevalent in the last couple of decades. Moreover buyers in the construction industry rely heavily on the length of the warranties for the purchase of any product or service. The warranty is an agreement between the buyer and the manufacturer and has inclusions that if altered voids the warra...
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Owner organizations within the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry are presented with a wide variety of potential process-related improvements aimed at increasing project efficiency and performance. Implementation of process improvements can prove to be extremely difficult; previous research cautions that perhaps more than ha...
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The Dallas Independent School District (DISD) has utilized Alpha sprayed polyurethane (SPF) roof systems since the 1980s. Alpha SPF roof systems are high performing roof systems if installed properly and are very resistant to hail damage (hail damage is significant in the Dallas area). However, DISD, due to their low bid award procurement system, h...
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Saudi Arabia has been facing issues with completing construction projects on time and on budget. It has been documented that 70% of public construction projects are delayed. A case study was performed, at a University campus in northern Saudi Arabia, identifying the major causes of project delays. The University was experiencing delays from 50% to...
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Schedule management reduces schedule delays while optimizing positive opportunities to the project timeline. The built industry continues to struggle to capture project metrics that will improve supply chain management. The lack of performance metrics on construction projects filters the actual project performance of the project stakeholders. Contr...
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Expanding geographically, adding trades, and competing for larger or new types of projects are examples of market entry approaches used by construction firms to grow their organizations. Growth provides the opportunity to develop and motivate personnel, expand the brand, and mitigate market risks. Unfortunately, market entry also may cause business...
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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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Warranties in the construction industry have become more prevalent as buyers often rely upon the length of the warranties in evaluating products and services. Research has shown that the length of the warranty has no correlation to the actual performance of the product or service being purchased. The purpose of this paper is to present the findings...
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The most vital resource in a construction company is the executive leadership. Therefore, executive succession can significantly affect a company, with the potential to cause both visible and invisible negative impacts. Changes in leadership can cause turmoil, both financially and operationally; unless minimized through careful succession planning....
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Delays are a major cause for concern in the construction industry in Saudi Arabia. This paper identifies the main causes of delay in infrastructure projects in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, and compares these with projects around the country and other Gulf countries. Data was obtained from 49 infrastructure projects undertaken by the owner and were analyzed...
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The Saudi Arabian construction industry has had poor performance for the past thirty years. There have been many publications identifying the problem and potential causes. There have been no publications identifying what the source of the problem is, how to mitigate the problem, and actual testing to validate the proposed solution. This paper discu...
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The problem of litigation and disputes in the construction sector is a major impediment to a country’s development goals. The purpose of this paper is to investigate the problem of high legal costs and long delays that arise due to litigation involving project owners, designers, contractors and other construction parties worldwide and in Saudi Arab...
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Delays are a major cause for concern in the construction industry in Saudi Arabia. This paper identifies the main causes of delay in infrastructure projects in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, and compares these with projects around the country and other Gulf countries. Data was obtained from 49 infrastructure projects undertaken by the owner and were analyzed...
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Many problems are caused by owners specifying project technical requirements to expert vendors, then picking the low-price vendor, assuming that all the vendors are providing the same quality of product. Research over the last 20 years has identified that when working with highly technical areas, this practice brings high risk to the owner because...
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Saudi Arabia has had many issues in delivering mega construction projects, such as delays, high costs, and low customer satisfaction. Some studies show that around 70% of public projects in Saudi Arabia are delayed. One factor that might be causing these performance issues is the traditional low bid contracting system in Saudi Arabia, or the Saudi...
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Owners in the State of Minnesota have a ten-year history of implementing the Best Value (BV) approach utilizing the Performance Information Procurement System (PIPS) with the Performance Based Studies Research Group (PBSRG) at Arizona State University (ASU). The University of Minnesota started testing and implementing in 2005. Other users quickly f...
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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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A major area of innovation within the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry involves the re-engineering of project delivery processes, yet successful implementation of such processes requires a significant organizational change effort. The AEC industry is often regarded as a laggard in the uptake of innovation, and personnel re...
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Performance mapping and determination of the key drivers for outsourcing organizations is important to determining the performance of the organization as well as ways to improve overall construction efficiency. A large private Utility Company (UC) partnered with a research group to measure the performance of their construction contracting environme...
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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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One of the most frequently requested skills of graduating Construction Management (CM) students is the ability to work well in team settings. As a result CM programs have incorporated many team activities and projects into their curriculum. This has provided students with exposure to the dynamics and complexities of working in team settings. But ma...
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Planning is known to enhance construction project performance in terms of cost, schedule, and quality. Yet, project teams oftentimes do not incorporate effective planning methodologies, typically citing a lack of time or capability to conduct detailed planning. This article proposes a brief yet rigorous project planning method, known as the pre-con...
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A large government agency, seeking to become more efficient, implemented the Performance Information Procurement System (PIPS) Best Value (BV) process on various construction projects to determine if the program could increase the performance of outsourced services. The impact of this model for increasing the performance of procured projects is pre...
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Design Services have not met the value and expectations of the clients and their project managers. A previous research project studied the impact of the price based award environment on construction practices, and this research proposes that designers' current practices and expectations are also price based and not performance based asperceived by...
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A cold storage facility had been reroofed in 2003 (investment of $600,000) that required the removal of existing insulated roof and replaced with a 20 year modified bitumen roof. After six years, the facility posed a safety hazard due to the ice formations inside the cold storage facility. The source of the problem was not known. The traditional pr...
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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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A great amount of research has focused on improving project risk management processes. However, because of the uncertainty and variableness within building projects, past research has not been able to identify the frequency and timing of risk effects clearly during projects. Further project risk mapping is necessary to understand the characteristic...
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Purpose – The purpose of this study is to describe how the University of Minnesota's capital program implemented risk management metrics on 266 construction projects and to present the results of the risk metrics. Design/methodology/approach – The implementation of Weekly Risk Reports (WRR) on the university construction projects captured informat...