Myles F. Corcoran is CEO of Myles F. Corcoran Construction Consulting, Inc., founded in 1990. A licensed General Contractor and certified Building Inspector, his 26 years of construction experience range from finish carpenter and plumber’s assistant to General Manager for a CRW branch where he managed more than 30 construction projects at a time, to consultant and arbitrator. In the 16 years of construction consulting, he has consulted in over 500 construction projects, been expert witness in 6 Trials, 23 formal Mediations, 30 Arbitrations, 31 Depositions, and in numerous expert witness meetings and settlement conferences. He has specified, built, managed and quality-assured all manner of construction projects and studied hundreds of failed construction assemblies. His firm interprets contemporaneous building codes and standards as they relate to “as built” structures, and organizes complicated construction discords into an easily understandable format. The work often includes case merit assessment, documentation review, estimating and cost analysis, expert negotiations, exhibits production, and expert witness testimony. He is a certified Arbitrator and Mediator by the Institute of Construction Management in Los Angeles and has also earned his certifications for CSLB Approved Construction Arbitrator from Arbitration Works and for Alternative Dispute Resolution from UCSC Extension. As an Arbitrator, he has heard 30 cases for the CSLB and 1 privately. He has also done Mediations between various parties in Construction Disputes. He holds a B.A. in Art from Suffolk University of New York (SUNY) Oswego, serves as Chairman of the Santa Cruz City (SCC) Board of Building Appeals, is the former Board Chair for the Community Housing Land Trust of Santa Cruz County, and was a member of the SCC Housing Advisory Committee.
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Congratulations on your upcoming 200th issue. It is such a great service to the mediation community. We have often gained wisdom and make networking contacts through your site/newsletter. It is also nice to have a community of peers as an audience to publish to. Thank you for this opportunity.
When Trust Is Bad
In this article I will discuss what I see as possibly the most pervasive reason
so many projects suffer in quality, timing, and/or staying in budget: I want to
discuss the pitfalls of trust.