Using Construction Contracts for Design Services

Using Construction Contracts for Design Services

Does utilizing construction contracts for design services impact my common law Standard of Care?  Using a construction contract for design services may well alter a design firm’s Standard of Care, particularly if the construction contract contains warranties or...
Building Design: From Green to WELL Building Design

Building Design: From Green to WELL Building Design

WELL Building Design For some time now, building “green” was an emphasis in the design community. Energy efficiency and using alternative sources of energy were the goal for major building projects. Now that most builders take some consideration of...
Document Retention: Rules of Thumb for Design Professionals

Document Retention: Rules of Thumb for Design Professionals

Document Retention In this age of terabyte-sized digital memory banks and the seemingly infinite storage possibilities of “the cloud,” understanding how long a design professional should retain project documents can be tricky. More and longer aren’t always better, but...
Limitation of Liability Clauses

Limitation of Liability Clauses

Court Upholds Limitation of Liability Clause Construction Risk Magazine recently ran an article covering a lawsuit were a limitation of liability clause was contested. The clause was originally set at a significant percentage of the design professional’s fee,...
Copyright Rights & Wrongs

Copyright Rights & Wrongs

COPYRIGHT RIGHTS AND WRONGS Copyright seems like a rather lofty notion. Few put copyright at the top of their list of must-haves in contract negotiations, and even fewer take the time to actually register their documents for copyright protection. But you do have...
Registered Architects by State

Registered Architects by State

We recently came across a study that shows the number of licensed architects by state. Since many of our retail agents specialize in insuring architects and design professionals and do business in multiple states, we thought you might find the study interesting....