Thoughts from the field

The key players at Van Pelt Construction Services have a lot to say about the state of the industry because they’ve been in the thick of it for years. Read current and archived posts for insights and perspectives.

Scaling Up: The Growth of Our PM Work

When my brother, Mike, and I opened VPCS in 1996 and printed our first-ever capabilities brochure, we promoted ourselves as “experienced construction and project managers.” Back then, that was an apt and accurate way to describe us. But in the 21 years since, we’ve...

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One Trip Around the Sun

As of this writing, I’ve been a member of Team Van Pelt for just over a year. And what a difference a year can make. I was brought onboard last April when Mark and Mike Van Pelt asked me to help with what was then a single assignment: to oversee the installation of...

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A Feminine Touch

If I were the protagonist in an afterschool special, my story would begin with the hopes and dreams of a young girl who wanted all her life to work in the construction business. She fought hard and battled bullies until she finally landed her dream career that would...

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New Perspectives, Hard-Earned

I recently returned to VPCS after taking a medical leave. Being sidelined by a long illness is nothing I ever planned. (I don’t think anyone “plans” a long illness.) But when it comes, it comes like a sleeper wave. Still, at the risk of sounding clichéd, the...

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Lean Practices Unlocked

Everyone wants to work smarter, not harder. This is especially true in the construction field. Clients expect their projects to be completed quickly and cost-effectively, and they still (rightly) insist on high quality. Construction teams that rely on lean practices...

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Staying Close to the Ground

Program and Construction Management has become more and more sophisticated through the years. At VPCS, we’ve been able to maintain the quality of our product while keeping up with the ever-changing expectations of the industry and – more importantly – our clients. The...

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Exploring Lean Design and Construction

New ideas don’t easily find their way into the world of construction. Whether it’s due to the age-old excuse of “We’ve been doing it this way for as long as we can remember” or just good-old fashioned resistance to change, the industry has not fundamentally altered...

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Thoughts on a Foundational Relationship

This month, I will attend my fourth California State University Facilities Management Conference, which is held every two years. As we prepare VPCS’s exhibitor booth, choose fun giveaways and assemble information on the long list of CSU major capital projects with...

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Lots to Celebrate

Welcome to the new Van Pelt Construction Services blog. It’s one of the many exciting things we’re celebrating these days at VPCS. First, we’re thrilled to unveil a brand new It offers a complete picture of our firm, our people and our work – all...

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