ASCE releases updated standard for building loads

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) released the newly updated ASCE/SEI 7-22, Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Building Loads and Other Structures. This 2022 edition supersedes ASCE/SEI 7-16 and provides up-to-date and coordinated loading provisions for general structural design. This standard prescribes design loads for hazards such as tsunami, snow, rain, atmospheric... Continue Reading →

EJCDC releases study and report agreement

The Engineers Joint Committee on Contract Documents (EJCDC) released E‑525, Agreement Between Owner and Engineer for Study and Report Professional Services, 2022 Edition. E-525 is for use when engaging a firm to prepare a study and report. The document addresses project feasibility studies, facility needs, or siting challenges without more detailed design services. The document... Continue Reading →

Avoiding fee disputes

With the passage of the $1.2 trillion infrastructure act, design firms across the board can anticipate more work in the next few years. While the prognosis for the industry is positive, firms should take the time to establish meaningful fee collection practices so that they can remain financially solvent. Avoiding fee disputes with clients helps... Continue Reading →

Prepare your crisis management plans

In light of the sudden collapse of the condominium building in Surfside, Florida in June of this year, every design firm should think about what they would do in a crisis. While sudden catastrophic failures are very rare, each firm should go through the steps of planning different scenarios that are specific to their practices.... Continue Reading →

Define communication protocols in your agreements

Clients are increasingly using text messages to provide direction and relay important project information. This can be problematic for design firms that want to document such communications in their project files. Firms find that following up via email takes additional time, and the client may not respond to the email, which creates ambiguity. Firms that... Continue Reading →

DC rating systems for architects and interior designers

The DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) recently introduced a rating system for architects, interior designers, general contractors, and home improvement contractors who submit applications to the DCRA. DCRA assigns a rating from one to five stars. For architects and interior designers, the rating is based on the quality of their plans that... Continue Reading →

White House to release infrastructure bill

The White House will release the first part of their multi-trillion-dollar economic recovery package this week. This initiative is focused on rebuilding roads, bridges, and other infrastructure that will be of interest to design and construction firms. The White House's hope is that a bill that is solely focused on roads and bridges will get... Continue Reading →

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