RT ECP: Claims - Contr Prof Liability

October 9, 2023

Mold Mishap

Source: Berkley Construction Professional A construction manager hired and supervised a specialty contractor whose improper work caused mold during the renovation of two buildings at a nursing home facility. Unfortunately, the subcontractor did not have professional/pollution liability insurance which meant that the remediation costs were completely paid by  the construction manager. The total amount paid […]

October 4, 2023

Costly Consequences

Source: Berkley Construction Professional A mechanical contractor underdesigned an HVAC system for a food processing facility. This led to worker illness and the inability of the facility to be utilized for its intended purpose. An outside engineer had to be retained to alter the HVAC system. Damages included lost profits from facility downtime, worker injuries, re-design […]

October 3, 2023

Specialty Contractor

Source: Distinguished Programs A specialty contractor was hired by a general contractor (GC) to design and build a retaining wall for a commercial development. The GC was responsible for the  initial site development and infrastructure. Upon completion, the building developed cracks in both the walls and floors. It was determined that the design of the  […]

September 27, 2023

Concrete Contractor

Source: Distinguished Programs A specialty concrete contractor under a design-build contract for a parking garage hired an engineering firm to  provide the structural specifications. Following construction, the garage owner noticed cracks in the support  columns. The cause was determined to be that the rebar specified in the engineering plan was insufficient to support  the structure. […]

September 26, 2023

Roofing Contractor

Source: Distinguished Programs A roofing contractor was hired to design and install the roof of a new office building including a solar panel array. The design was performed in-house by a  licensed PE employed by the contractor. After the building was complete, the roof collapsed during an ice storm. The PE failed to consider the […]

September 21, 2023

General Contractor (GC)

Source: Distinguished Programs A GC was hired to build an athletic field using plans from a civil engineer who was retained by the owner to complete a preliminary design. At the owner’s  insistence, the GC hired the civil engineer under a design-build contract. After the field was constructed, it was determined that the completed design […]

September 20, 2023

Construction Manager (CM)

Source: Distinguished Programs A CM for a bridge replacement project was responsible for scheduling the procurement and delivery of steel beams necessary for the project. Due to a communication error, the delivery of the beams was going to be delayed for 4  weeks. Rather than have the steel subcontractor sit idle on the job site, […]

September 19, 2023

General Contractor (GC)

Source: Distinguished Programs A GC under a design-build contract hired an HVAC subcontractor to design and install an HVAC system for a residential apartment project. Once completed and occupied, the apartment units began developing mold and  residents subsequently began complaining of respiratory problems, headaches, and other physical ailments. An error in the HVAC design plans […]

September 8, 2023

Report: Davenport building collapse had two ‘root causes’

Source: https://www.thegazette.com/, September 7, 2023 By: Anthony Watt and Sarah Watson Removed brick and inadequate support structures caused the west wall at a downtown Davenport building to collapse in May, an investigative report released Thursday concluded. The report is dated Aug. 15, and was completed by two city-hired investigative engineering companies on the causes and […]

July 5, 2023

Why Progressive Design-Build Should Be the Project Delivery Method of Choice

Source: https://www.constructionequipmentguide.com/, June 30, 2023 When investing in construction projects, government, municipal and private owners often face complex challenges: tight budgets, strict timelines, regulatory compliance, and workforce deployment are all set against the need to deliver high-quality infrastructure. In many cases, these challenges are exacerbated by traditional project delivery methods that, by their structure, limit […]

June 15, 2023

Design-Build Poses a Greater Risk to Contractors Than Conventional Delivery

Source: https://www.constructionexec.com/, April 26, 2023 By: David Pacifici Design-build delivery carries much greater risk to a contractor than conventional project delivery methods. Chief among these risks is the potential for increased actual or final costs to a general contractor or design-build entity compared to the estimates presented in their bid. The result is that many […]

June 8, 2023

Who will pay to fix Spokane Valley’s sinking City Hall?

Source: https://crosscut.com/, June 8, 2023 By: Nicholas K. Geranios When the new city hall in the newish city of Spokane Valley was completed in 2017, Mayor Pam Haley quickly knew something was wrong. Big cracks were forming in some walls, around doors and in the concrete floor and brick exterior. And water was seeping into  […]

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