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.
Mark A. SmithManaging Director, Ernst & Young LLP


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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.