The power of green

Project managers have played invaluable roles in helping design and construction firms successfully complete complex projects. This is especially true when these firms are working on sustainable design and construction projects, endeavors that demand the seamless integration of a myriad of often-innovative design and construction activities, processes, and materials. This article--authored by a principal at the sustainable design firm Green Building Services (GBS) (Portland, OR, USA)--discusses why and how GBS is developing a project management process for helping its clients identify, coordinate, implement, and document its sustainable construction efforts. In doing so, it identifies the factors that affect GBS's design work and discusses an effort that has enabled GBS to better manage its workflow and track its key issues, an effort that has enabled it to continually achieve project success. It also describes some of the business benefits and the competitive advantages that GBS has realized since it institu
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