How Colleges & Universities Avoid Construction Claims


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Who Should Attend

Why you should attend

Colleges and Universities face common problems when man­aging construction projects – small and overworked technical and engineering staffs, tight budgets, political considerations,
and the need to rely on outside organizations for the con­struction of large projects. These problems are com­pounded because many Colleges and Universities only occasionally have truly large construction projects and thus have not developed an ongoing expertise in the spe­cial problems associated with them. As a result, two things often occur. First, Architects and Design Engineers carry a predominant role in the planning and execution of such projects. Second, Construction Contractors recognize that they may have greater claim opportunities and often take positions they would not take with larger public or private owners. 

This course discusses the complexity and special problems of Colleges and Universities in dealing with their Architects and Design Engineers as well as their Construction Contractors to avoid claims and complete projects on time and on budget.

Advance planning techniques, methods of making your Architect or Designer responsive to your needs, contract clauses to avoid or minimize claims, and the critical importance of proper scheduling clauses will be dis­cussed. The conference addresses key contract concepts and typical contract administration problems that arise on College and University construction contracts. It is designed to encourage discussion and understanding of these problems among the participants to aid in properly planning and administering their contracts.

These are the problems that make or break a construction pro­ject. They will be discussed and analyzed at length during these two days. That is why you should attend this conference. 

Agenda/Course Topics

Avoiding Cost Overruns

  1. Design Phase
  2. Architect/Engineer (A/E)
  3. Construction Manager (CM)
  4. Planning and Scheduling
  5. Construction Phase
  6. Risk Minimizing Clauses
  7. Subcontractors
  8. Making a Record
  9. Insurers
  10. Sureties
  11. Manufacturers
  12. Project Labor Agreements

The Process of Claim Resolution

  1. Early Problem Analysis
  2. Demanding A/E Response
  3. isolating the Issues
  4. Cost Exposure Analysis
  5. Time Impact Study

Analyzing Changes

  1. Formal Change Orders
  2. Constructive Changes

Analyzing Differing Site Conditions

  1. Differing Site Conditions Clauses
  2. Types of Conditions
  3. Notice Requirements

Analyzing Delay/Acceleration

  1. Typical Delay Clauses
  2. Categories of Delay
  3. Acceleration
  4. CPM Schedules

Analyzing Damages

  1. Contractor Burden of Proof
  2. Pricing Change Orders
  3. Compensable Delay

Preparing The Defense

  1. Factual Defenses
  2. Legal Defenses
  3. Tactical Considerations

Use Of Experts

  1. Who And When

Counterclaims By Owners

  1. Theories of Liability
  2. Subjects of Liability
  3. Owner’s Damages

Resolving The Dispute

  1. Negotiation
  2. Arbitration
  3. Alternative Dispute Resolution
  4. Litigation

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