Tougher building codes save money in the long run

A study by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) shows that the adoption of modern building codes is averting over a billion dollars a year in structural damage in California and Florida alone. The preliminary findings of this first-of-its-kind study are expected to be formally released in August.The study calculates how much damage has been... Continue Reading →

EJCDC publishes 2020 editions of E-500 and E-570

The Engineers Joint Contract Documents Committee (EJCDC) recently published revised versions of E-500, Standard Form Agreement Between Owner and Engineer for Professional Services, and E-570, Agreement Between Engineer and Subconsultant for Professional Services.E-500 Main Agreement UpdatesE-500 is a comprehensive standard contract for engineering design services and related construction phase engineering and administrative services. The terms... Continue Reading →

Covid-19 creates shortage of bikes

Retail groups are reporting a spike in bike sales over the last two months as city dwellers have purchased bikes in unprecedented numbers (Editor's note: a simple account will need to be created to access the full article). With shelter-in-place orders and the use of public transportation limited due to fears of coronavirus, Americans flocked... Continue Reading →

Evaluating contractor delay claims related to COVID-19

It is certain that construction projects will be impacted during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Almost immediately after states issued stay-at-home orders, contractors started putting owners on notice that they are likely to have delay claims due to the social distancing guidelines as well as expected supply chain disruptions. If you have construction contract administration responsibilities... Continue Reading →

Big data in the design industry

Over the last few years we've heard the term "big data" bandied about as a development that will change the economy. It is easy to see why. We are living in an era where the processing power of everyday devices is enormous. A cell phone often has as much raw processing power as a laptop... Continue Reading →

Recovering after Hurricane Florence

According to a report prepared by Governor Roy Cooper, the early damage estimates to North Carolina’s businesses and infrastructure from Hurricane Florence stand at $12.7 billion. The report provides sector-by-sector assessments and discusses available funding sources. Design firms looking to provide services for recovery efforts can access the full report. As noted in the report,... Continue Reading →

New alternative fee arrangements for arbitration

Design firms typically use litigation or arbitration as a dispute resolution mechanism. Although arbitration was initially touted as a more efficient dispute resolution method, but over the years it has become clear that arbitration can be just as complex and costly as litigation. In response to such concerns, the American Arbitration Association (AAA) has introduced... Continue Reading →

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