Upcoming WPL Webinar to Examine Recent Developments in Design-Build Case Law

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The 90-minute interactive event, entitled “Lessons Learned: Recent Developments in Design-Build Case Law,” is targeted to construction owners, consultants, engineers, architects, subcontractors, construction attorneys, and others in the construction community.

Late this month, WPL Publishing will sponsor a webinar that is designed to help construction professionals manage design-build risks, among other things.

Addressing attendees will be Michael Loulakis, author of “Design-Build: Lessons Learned.” To register for the 90-minute event, scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010, at 1:00 p.m. (EDT), visit http://tinyurl.com/32f3stp.

The promise of design-build has been shorter schedules with fewer disputes. In theory, having the contractor and designer on the same team should eliminate the bulk of construction disputes involving contract interpretation, design clarifications, requests for information, and coordination issues and reduce others such as differing site conditions. In addition, the owner should realize other benefits by having contractor input during the design stage, the elimination of the contractor selection phase, and the ability to start construction before 100 percent design completion. Has the reality measured up? Is design-build the way to go? What are the caveats? Where are the crevasses and sinkholes?

Mr. Loulakis will review the case law landscape over the past 15 years of design-build. He will reveal his findings based on more than 500 design-build cases, showing webinar attendees the way to successfully navigate a design-build project. Attendees will learn the following:

  • How to protect their position if something goes wrong.
  • What the key responsibilities of owners are in design-build.
  • Specific risks and liabilities that they need to protect themselves.
  • Disputes that are specific to design-build and how to avoid them.
  • Design-build disputes involving insurance, dispute resolution clauses, contract ambiguities, and contract document issues.
  • How to manage major design-build risks, including site conditions, preliminary design, performance versus design specs, shifts in standard-of-care boundaries, and subcontractor issues.
  • Issues they can expect as design-build and integrated project delivery evolve.

Mr. Loulakis is the president and chief executive officer of Capital Project Strategies Llc., a specialized consulting firm that provides strategic procurement, contracting, and risk-management advice to clients who develop and construct capital projects. He has worked with public owners on major infrastructure projects, particularly those delivered through design-build or public-private partnerships.

After his presentation, there will be an interactive 10-to-15 minute question-and-answer session addressing relevant topics.

Webinar tuition is based on location, not number of participants, so each registration site can have multiple participants for one low price. To register, visit http://tinyurl.com/32f3stp.

WPL Publishing Co., Inc. produces four construction newsletters: Construction Project Controls & BIM Report (http://www.projectcontrols.com), Construction Claims Advisor (http://www.constructionclaims.com), Green Building Insider (http://www.greenbuildinginsider.com), and Construction Advisor Today (http://www.constructionadvisortoday.com). The company also hosts webinar series on topics relevant to the construction industry. WPL is on Twitter at CAT_Online.

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