Expediters push up projects

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From the October issue: The lesson of 2007 has been that time equals more and more money. According to the Turner Building Cost Index, construction costs in the second quarter of 2007 jumped 7.6 percent over the second quarter of 2006. For this reason, and because of the increasing complexity of building designs, expediters are highly in favor with architects and developers to help get their project necessary permits from the city. Construction experts say that expediters — often former Department of Buildings employees who combine technical knowledge, extensive experience with the building code and a high tolerance for standing in line — can make a project jump to the top of the pile.