The United States is home to a host of construction achievements in the past century.
For example, the Golden Gate Bridge, built between 1933 and 1937, spans 1.7 miles and qualifies as one of the seven Wonders of the Modern World. The Empire State Building joins the suspension bridge on this list as the tallest in the world from 1931 to 1970.
The U.S. is also home to the Grand Canyon Skywalk, which is strong enough to support 71 million pounds, the Astrodome (the first domed sports stadium), and the Bank of America Tower in Manhattan, the first skyscraper in the world to achieve Platinum Leed Certification.
These AEC achievements represents not only incredible advances in architecture, but also construction project management. All of these builds cross multiple years, and their very completion (let alone timely completion) is an underappreciated feat of American industry.
But these “modern wonders” aren’t alone in project complexity. Malls, apartment complexes, dams, stadiums, hospitals, schools, and other large, sophisticated builds take years to complete. Even a “simple,” standardized McDonald’s takes, at minimum, four months to complete.
Before and during the time it takes to complete one of these huge projects, construction managers have to manage the following