Broken Buildings, Busted Budgets: How to Fix America’s Trillion-Dollar Construction Industry
Barry B. LePatner (University Press of Chicago Press, 2007)
Broken Buildings, Busted Budgets is the first book to document the impact of the construction industry on our nation’s economy and highlight how this last remaining “mom and pop” industry is rife with inefficiency and waste costing the nation over $120 billion annually. Available now.
Barry LePatner describes how the U.S. government and even our nation’s most respected corporations fall prey to the inefficient practices of all parties involved in a major construction project – contractors, designers, workers, unions and suppliers. From his insights it is clear that we need to instigate a critical examination on improving this critical sector of our economy.
Barry LePatner is bold in expressing this comprehensive view of historical industry data and solutions to make things better. It will certainly ruffle some feathers, but his recommended solutions for industry improvement should not be discounted but rather discussed.
Everyone in construction, from owners to contractors, from architects to construction workers, should read this book. Those who do will surely join Mr. LePatner in his crusade to fix an industry so vitally important to the way we live.
Broken Buildings proves that waste, overspending, and economic irrationality pervade the industry, burdening consumers, taxpayers, and shareholders with enormous costs. As important, it lays out a blueprint for reform.
Too Big To Fall: America’s Failing Infrastructure and the Way Forward
Barry B. LePatner (Foster Publishing in association with University Press of New England, 2010)
A comprehensive overview of the shocking state of our nation’s infrastructure and what must be done to fix it. Available now.