Construction Expert Paul Gogulski Says the Construction Industry can Rebuild America

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"Provided we learn from history, improve ethics and let civil engineers take the lead, we can rebuild America," said Paul Gogulski. Mr. Gogulski is the key speaker at a construction and engineering seminar in Qatar Sept. 9-11.

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Those that condone abuse and tolerate corruption should be replaced by builders, architects and engineers.

Before world-renown construction-expert Paul Gogulski is set for his three-day construction site management seminar in Doha, Qatar Sept. 9-11, Mr. Gogulski is ready to talk about his innovative plan where the construction industry can help rebuild, literally and figuratively, America.

Mr. Gogulski, a professional engineer and president of Gogulski & Associates Inc. with over 50 years’ experience in general contracting, forensic engineering, facilities planning and construction consulting, says in order for the construction industry to rebuild America it needs to learn from history and improve ethics. On a broader scale, the construction-expert believes that civil engineers are qualified to solve today’s most pressing problems in America using skills learned within their profession.

“The survival of our nation depends upon a return to the ethics of our founders,” Mr. Gogulski said.

Just as they did in Egypt under the Pharaohs, civil engineers should lead in the governing of the nation.

“The construction industry should seek to restore the ethical values stated in our Constitution,” Mr. Gogulski said. “Those that condone abuse and tolerate corruption should be replaced by builders, architects and engineers.”

During his seminar in Qatar, Mr. Gogulski will share examples of construction corruption, such as the 1980 Ward Commission report regarding extortion and bribery as a norm for public works projects in Boston, which concluded with the statement: "We have learned that corruption is a way of life in Massachusetts."

That 2 1/2 year, 2000 page, 12 volume report proved to be meaningless 20 years later by the massive corruption within Boston’s Big Dig, referred to as “America’s Biggest Highway Robbery” by author Robert Skole. This project cost a staggering $22 billion, nearly 10 times the original budget and almost three times the cost of the Panama Canal at today’s prices.

"With a host of failed ceilings, over-payments, fraud, incompetent design and mismanagement by two of the largest construction managers, Boston’s Big Dig set new levels for ethical erosion in the construction industry," Gogulski said.

Those are just two examples of how ethics in the construction industry could cost millions, if not billions of dollars, to a company, and in this case, the taxpayers.

“When ethics are compromised within the enterprise which hires civil engineers, it leads to deterioration in the values once considered the bedrock of the engineering profession,” Mr. Gogulski said. “Those who profess that nothing is wrong so long as everything is legal have been deceived by those who have acquired considerable skill in using, interpreting and manipulating the law.”

There's been examples of unethical practices and manipulation of the law on other major projects such as the Alaska Pipeline, the Venetian Casino Resort, Disney’s Contemporary Resort Hotel, the Las Vegas Monorail, Owens Lake Dust Mitigation, the Harmon Tower at City Center in Las Vegas and the Clarksville Marina in Tennessee. "In each case situational ethics has prevailed over intellectual integrity,” Mr. Gogulski said. "The results in termination and litigation speak for themselves.”

Gogulski & Associates Inc. offers ethical perspectives learned from over 50 years of civil engineering, general contracting and forensic consulting experience. With litigation on the rise and likely to continue unabated, Mr. Gogulski has developed programs which limit risk and abuse. In addition, Mr. Gogulski offers insight into the systemic issues attributable to the increase of claims and uses common sense within the terms of the contract documents for resolution.

About Paul Gogulski and Gogulski and Associates Inc.: Paul Gogulski is a world-renown construction-expert, with over 50 years’ experience in the field of general contracting, forensic engineering, facilities planning, and consulting. For the last, 12 years, Mr. Gogulski operated his own forensic engineering and construction consulting practice with offices in Nevada, Utah and South Carolina. Specializing in construction claims, construction accidents, site safety, OSHA compliance and quality control, his firm helped resolve hundreds of cases in litigation throughout the country.

He’s conducted seminars all over the United States and Middle East, including Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi.

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