WPL Publishing’s ‘Risk Allocation During Pre-Construction Phase Services’ and ‘Design-Build Contracts’ Webinars Accessible via One Registration

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The first webinar, “Risk Allocation During Pre-Construction Phase Services: Expectations, Perceptions and Reality,” is tailored for those professionals in the construction community who want to learn how to manage new project delivery methods to avoid disputes and stay out of court. The second webinar, “Design-Build Contracts: Understand the Administrative Challenges, Risks and Keys to Success,” is suited for owners, contractors, and engineers who are or who soon will be working on a design-build project delivery and who want to enhance their practical working knowledge of design-build contracts, and their attorneys also may benefit from the program.

Next week, WPL Publishing will begin hosting a pair of webinars -- one exploring risk allocation during pre-construction phase services and the other focusing on design-build contracts in construction -- that can be accessed through a single registration.

The first webinar is designed to help construction professionals understand the expectations, perceptions, and realities associated with risk allocation during pre-construction phase services. This 90-minute event, which will feature five experts on the topic, is scheduled for Thursday, June 7, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. (EDT). The goal of the second 90-minute webinar, which will take place Wednesday, June 13, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. (EDT), is to help construction professionals and their attorneys understand the risks and benefits that design-build contracts present. To register for the package of two webinars, including “Risk Allocation During Pre-Construction Phase Services: Expectations, Perceptions and Reality” and “Design-Build Contracts: Understand the Administrative Challenges, Risks and Keys to Success,” visit http://tinyurl.com/6tp7p4m.

Project owners are seeking more involvement and participation in the pre-construction phase from construction managers and contractors. There is growing concern that as integrated project delivery, design-build, and other project delivery methods force project stakeholders to provide owners with input into many issues -- such as schedules, budgets, and design -- their liability will increase well beyond what was originally anticipated. Many firms fear that early involvement in the project may place an implied “stamp” of ownership or approval on the project’s design and financial outcome without such risks being fully understood. The “Risk Allocation” webinar will help clarify which concerns are legitimate and provide advice on how to address those concerns.

“Risk Allocation” will help attendees understand the following topics:

  • The risks that all parties to the contract are exposed to.
  • How these risks are being evaluated and managed.
  • The fiduciary duties that each party has.

Addressing attendees of “Risk Allocation” will be Babcock Power Vice President Peter Bilelis; Hank Brasch, Webcor Builders Inc. general counsel; Pachter McWhorter PLC Partner John Cook; W. Wesley Grover, senior manager for Exponent Inc.; and Gibbs, Giden, Locher, Turner & Senet Partner Marion Hack.

The “Design-Build Contracts” webinar will clearly present what the unique burdens are in the design-build context. More importantly, the event will explain how the challenges that those burdens present can be met. Information provided during the webinar will explain both the differences in the administration of design-build contracts and the differences in the management of the risks that this format presents to each stakeholder. “Design-Build Contracts” speaker Richard Burnham, Trauner Consulting Services Inc.’s director, has hands-on experience with this format from each of the contracting perspectives and has dealt with it on behalf of owners, contractors, and designers. Accordingly, he will explain the challenges and the methods for meeting those challenges from each of those perspectives.

Webinar topics will include an in-depth description and analysis of the advantages and disadvantages of this contracting format and an explanation of why the design-build format is becoming more common. “Design-Build Contracts” will describe the up-front burden that must be met by the owner and its consultants in preparing and articulating the project requirements, and examples that demonstrate methods for meeting that burden will be explored and presented. Mr. Burnham will describe what the owner and its consultants should consider when determining content for a request for quotations and request for proposals. He also will offer advice about how to proceed through the design-builder selection process.

At the conclusion of each webinar, 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/6tp7p4m.

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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