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Design Disasters: When Maintenance Projects Go Bad




Most maintenance and engineering managers have hired contractors for construction projects at some point or another for their institutional and commercial facilities.

The most important aspects of working with outside help is having the confidence the work gets done on time, at or below budget, and perhaps most vitally, making sure projects are done competently.

“The biggest thing is to make sure you pre-screen, make sure the scope is clear, and really interview the contractor or the service you’re hiring to be sure that they can do what you’ve asked them to do,” says Chris Miller, the director of facilities services at Georgia Regents Medical Center, in a Facility Maintenance Decisions Roundtable in August 2013.

After watching this slideshow, you might want to add another element to your list: Check in on the project every now and then, no matter the trust level.

Some, OK pretty much all, of the photos in this collection seem too bizarre to be real. But as many managers probably have realized, such scenarios are never completely out of the realm of possibility. Though the bridge over not-so-troubled waters (the first slide) is fashionable.

After viewing the slides and having a chuckle, check out more stories on maintenance repairs and the proper strategies and approaches to take by clicking here.

Are there design disasters in your pasts?

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