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

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The interactive event, entitled “Lessons Learned: Recent Developments in Design-Build Case Law,” is suited for various professionals in the construction community, including owners, consultants, engineers, architects, subcontractors, and construction attorneys.

Early next month, WPL Publishing will host a webinar to help professionals in the construction community successfully navigate design-build projects.

The webinar will outline for attendees what works and what does not work in design-build. Toward this end, event speaker and Capital Project Strategies LLC (CPS) President Mike Loulakis will review the case-law landscape of design-build over the past 15 years. To register for the 90-minute webinar, scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011, at 1:00 p.m. (EDT), visit http://tinyurl.com/6d5aue9.

The promise of design-build has been shorter schedules with fewer disputes. In theory, having a contractor and designer on the same team should eliminate the bulk of construction disputes involving contract interpretation, design clarification, requests for information, and coordination as well as reduce disputes concerning differing site conditions and other matters. In addition, an 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?

During the webinar, Loulakis will help attendees learn the following:

  • How to protect their positions if something goes wrong.
  • Key responsibilities of owners in design-build.
  • Specific risks and liabilities.
  • Disputes that are specific to design-build and how such conflicts can be avoided.
  • Types of design-build disputes, such as those involving insurance, dispute-resolution clauses, contract ambiguities, and contract documents.
  • How to manage major design-build risks, including those involving site conditions, preliminary design, performance versus design specifications, the shifting of standard-of-care boundaries and subcontractor issues.
  • Issues they can expect to encounter as design-build and integrated project delivery evolve.

Prior to forming CPS, Mr. Loulakis practiced law for almost 30 years with the national construction law firm of Wickwire Gavin P.C. He has extensive and diverse experience in working with public owners on major infrastructure projects, particularly those projects delivered through design-build or public-private partnerships. In addition, he authored “Design-Build: Lessons Learned.”

Following Mr. Loulakis’ 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/6d5aue9.

WPL Publishing Co., Inc. produces three construction newsletters: 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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