While the construction industry relies upon cooperation and communication for success more than any other enterprise, it is probably the most litigious and contentious in the U.S. Maybe that is why the U.S. Department of Labor which tracks efficiency marks construction as the ONLY industry as LESS efficient since statistics have been kept in the 60s. Contracts are part of the problem because they create contractual silos and risk adverse behaviors that are counterproductive to better overall results. This can change with better written contracts and a more collaborative culture.
Brian Perlberg is Executive Director and Senior Counsel for ConsensusDocs, a coalition of 40+ construction organizations dedicated to drafting best practice construction contracts. Mr. Perlberg serves on the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry Steering Committee for the Contract Documents, National Construction Dispute Resolution Committee (NCDRC) of the Arbitration Association of America (AAA), the Advisory Board to Construction SuperConference, and WPL Publishing.