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A VIEW FROM A RISK MANAGER’S DESK – AN ARCHITECT/ENGINEER IN LITIGATION

From time to time, my client architects/ engineers (A/E's) may end up in litigation on one of their design and/or construction projects. The dispute track outlined here is for litigation, as opposed to arbitration or...

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PRO BONO SERVICES: RISK MANAGEMENT CONSIDERATIONS FOR ARCHITECTS & ENGINEERS

The term "pro bono," which is short for pro bono publico, is a Latin term that means "for the public good." Although the term is used in a variety of different contexts to mean “the offering of free services,” it has a...

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RENOVATING, REMODELING OR REBUILDING - RISK MANAGEMENT FOR DESIGN PROFESSIONALs

As a company grows, or a residential owner seeks to update their house, a building normally begins to show signs of age. The older building may no longer be energy efficient, it may look worn down, it may no longer meet...

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Supplanting Another Design Professional in the Course of a Project

For our purpose relating to design professionals, “supplanting” defined, means to supersede (another) and to take the place of and serve as a substitute for, especially by reason of a need. Continue reading the June...

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ENGAGING CONSULTANTS FOR DESIGN PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

It is common when providing professional design services that architects and engineers engage consultants to complete and deliver their scope of work to their clients, the project owners. Continue reading

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SAFETY ASSESSMENT PROGRAM (SAP): DESIGN PROFESSIONALS GIVING BACK TO THE PUBLIC

The “Safety Assessment Program,” created by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, was established to provide an efficient and quick evaluation of damaged structures after a disaster. The April issue of...

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THE CITICORP OFFICE TOWER: A CASE STUDY OF HEROES, NO VILLAINS

In the late 1970’s Citicorp began its expansion into global banking, and engaged architect Hugh Stubbins to design its international headquarters. Renowned structural engineer William LeMessurier (pronounced LeMeasure)...

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Design Professionals' Conflicts of Interests

Typically, a conflict of interest occurs when an individual's personal interests–family, friendships, financial, or social factors could compromise a person’s judgment, decisions, or actions. In the February issue of...

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Fiduciary Duty (Oil) & Design Professionals (Water) Don't Mix.

Architects and Engineers (A/Es) have a paramount duty to protect the health, safety and welfare (HSW) of the public and others who use the built environment, which is the fruit of the design professionals’ efforts. Read...

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