Demanding General Contractors and How to Meet Them Halfway

Demanding General Contractors and How to Meet Them Halfway

Some of the most frequently asked questions we hear are triggered by the disparities between the insurance coverage available to design professionals and the demands made for coverage by general contractors and their standard contracts. This is a nuanced area, and you...
The Use of Drones is on the Rise

The Use of Drones is on the Rise

The use of drones to map locations, sites and track progress of jobs is increasing. Here’s an article from last fall about an engineering firm’s use of drones. Some things to keep in mind with drones: 1.) There are size limits – above which drones...
Construction Growth 2016

Construction Growth 2016

Excluding the energy industry, construction growth is forecasted to expand 6-7% according to a number of economists and industry groups. (Several massive energy projects in 2015 had 2015 new starts growing at 13%.) For a comprehensive summary of the ENR’s...
The Key to Keeping a Project on Track

The Key to Keeping a Project on Track

In 1985, after five years prosecuting criminals as an assistant US attorney, I became deputy general counsel of The American Institute of Architects.  On my very first day, I was introduced to civil law.  In his gravelly voice, the general counsel explained to me that...
Contractual Limitations of Liability: The Evolution of a Risk Tool

Contractual Limitations of Liability: The Evolution of a Risk Tool

Contractual limitations of liability are an important risk tool for design professionals today. These contractual provisions can operate as a way to control and mitigate losses in the event of a malpractice tort claim or in the event of a claim of some breach of...
Construction Industry and Social Media

Construction Industry and Social Media

The construction industry is not generally associated with Internet technology, since so much of its work is done far away from computers. But thanks to technology, any construction company can interact with other team members and clients using smartphones and...