Event to Explore Legal, Architectural Perspectives of Shop Drawings, Other Construction Submittals

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WPL Publishing’s upcoming webinar is suited for various professionals in the construction community, including engineers, architects, owners, contractors, subcontractors, attorneys, design professionals, manufacturers, and suppliers.

Shop Drawings and Other Construction Submittals: Legal and Architectural Perspectives.

Early next month, WPL Publishing will host an interactive webinar focusing on legal and architectural perspectives associated with shop drawings and other construction submittals.

Robert Epstein, who co-chairs Greenberg Traurig’s Construction Group, and Eli Goldstein of The Goldstein Partnership will address attendees of the event, entitled “Shop Drawings and Other Construction Submittals: Legal and Architectural Perspectives.” To register for the 90-minute webinar, which is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010, at 1:00 p.m. (EDT), visit http://tinyurl.com/24klyfq.

There is perhaps no aspect of construction that is more misunderstood and more fraught with the potential for confusion than the shop-drawing-submittal process. When the process breaks down, the result can be deficient work, economic loss, and even disastrous collapse. This webinar will help all parties to construction projects -- owners, designers, general contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers -- understand their responsibilities and risks in the shop-drawing-submittal process and how to handle problems when they arise.

In addition, this 90-minute event will discuss change-order requests and requests for information (RFIs) -- two other types of construction submittals that frequently lead to disputes and are fraught with risk.

Among the topics addressed during the event will be the following:

  • What are shop drawings, and why are they used?
  • How are shop drawings reviewed?
  • Interpretation of shop drawings.
  • Delays in the process for reviewing shop drawings.
  • Recommendations for minimizing exposure.
  • Critical contents of shop drawings.
  • Categories of shop-drawing information.
  • A/E shop-drawing-review actions.
  • Shop-drawing “games.”
  • Change order requests: oral versus written -- the contractor’s right to stop work.
  • Handling scope issues and disputed change-order requests.
  • RFIs -- the importance of timely submission and timely response.
  • Excessive RFIs.

Mr. Epstein has represented numerous public and private owners, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, designers, sureties, and other parties involved in major construction projects throughout the United States. He also has handled many complex construction litigations involving claims of construction defects and project delays. His practice specializes in complex governmental and institutional buildings with an emphasis on sustainability. He has been retained as an expert in a multitude of legal cases involving defective design and construction.

Mr. Goldstein, who holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, regularly speaks at seminars and workshops on several aspects of architectural practice, including green buildings, timber construction, and quality control. He authored Timber Construction for Architects and Builders, the definitive professional reference book on heavy timber design, and numerous articles on issues of professional practice for various architectural and engineering publications.
Following their presentations, 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/24klyfq.

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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