WPL Publishing Webinar to Examine Owner-Contractor Agreements in Construction

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The interactive event is suited for a wide variety of construction professionals, including contractors, subcontractors, designers, architects, engineers, public and private owners, and construction managers.

Next week, WPL Publishing will sponsor a webinar to help construction professionals understand key provisions in owner-contractor agreements.

Many design professionals, even those involved in large, sophisticated projects, do not fully appreciate that the provisions of an owner-contractor agreement can directly affect their services and potential liability. Many design professionals often are unaware of the existence or importance of such provisions until they are dragged into a lawsuit because of inconsistent requirements and/or expectations that the owner or contractor derived from the agreement. The 90-minute webinar, which is designed to help minimize such problems, is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, at 1:00 p.m. (EDT). To register for “Owner-Contractor Agreements: Understanding the Provisions That Can Affect the Design Professional and Other Interested Parties,” visit http://tinyurl.com/5w4uo84.

It is critical that the design professional thoroughly understand the owner-contractor agreement to avoid potentially project-threatening disagreements rooted in the divergent viewpoints of the owner and contractor. Provisions within the owner-contractor agreement that can materially affect design services and construction administration services provided by design professionals include those addressing the following issues:

  • Planning phase.
  • Responsibility for performance-specification work.
  • Change orders.
  • Reporting requirements.
  • Progress payments.
  • Contingencies.
  • Construction means and methods.
  • Responsibility for delays and liquidated damages.
  • Shop-drawing review.
  • Provisions regarding electronic documents or building modeling.
  • Default declarations and terminations for cause.
  • Inspections, observations, and responsibility for “discovering” defective work.

Addressing attendees will be Zetlin & DeChiara (Z&D) Principal David Abramovitz and James Terry, a Z&D partner. Mr. Abramovitz advises design, development, and construction industry clients during complex commercial and construction disputes. Mr. Terry’s work centers on litigation, contract preparation/negotiation, and general counseling.

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/5w4uo84.

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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