Industry trends and emerging issues

From Risk to Profit: Benchmarking and Claims Studies is Victor's comprehensive benchmarking and risk management resource for design and construction firms. Below is an excerpt from the book, which is only available to Victor/CNA policyholders and brokers. One of the most important attributes of a professional education, and running a successful design firm, is the... Continue Reading →

Hot potato: design firms as code examiners

Issue For a number of reasons, including budgetary cutbacks, lack of skilled workers, and staffing demands caused by disasters or emergency situations, local building code entities sometimes seek to transfer their administrative responsibilities to certify design compliance with codes or construction compliance with design and regulatory requirements to design firms. Challenges and Opportunities Stepping into... Continue Reading →

Rethinking the things we thought about wood

A recent article from David Roberts on Vox resurfaces the benefits of using mass timber (aka, “cross- laminated timber” (CLT)). Over the last century, the design and construction industry has leaned away from wood, especially for non-residential construction, and moved toward more manufactured materials, such as steel, concrete, and iron, in the name of safety.... Continue Reading →

A rising tide lifts all boats

We’re Big The design and construction industry in the US is big, totaling over 6% of the US GDP and around 12% of global GDP. In 2018 alone, $1.29 trillion was spent on construction, and more than 700,000 firms employed over 7 million people. And we are the largest consumer of raw materials of any... Continue Reading →

Moving the industry forward, together

Schinnerer's Annual Large Firm Conference Highlights Keeping our policyholders informed about emerging risks is a priority for Schinnerer. In case you missed the announcement last month, we hosted our third annual Large Firm Conference in Denver to cover trends and best practices in the design and construction industry. Among the topics discussed were project delivery,... Continue Reading →

Blockchain: 5 Things You Need to Know Now

While the conventional wisdom around blockchain is that it’s a technology only affecting financial markets, design and construction stakeholders ought to pay attention to new developments, too. If you don’t, you risk falling behind on an important trend that potentially presents a competitive challenge for your firm, but also missing the opportunity the technology presents... Continue Reading →

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