Project owners use independent representatives for a wide variety of services during the construction process. When administering the project, the representative’s primary obligation is to its client, the project owner. If the project owner is a public entity, the representative is cloaked with a degree of immunity when exercising its independent business judgment on behalf of the owner. But this does not mean the representative has no obligation whatsoever to bidders or contractors.
Virginia has become the first state to use the new Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) "core criteria" to design a high-performance building rating system.
The new Virginia CHPS Criteria (VA-CHPS) assessment tool was made available for public review Nov. 2. VA-CHPS is expected to create a benchmark for the design and construction of Virginia high performance school buildings that are "efficient, comfortable, environmentally responsible, and healthy spaces to learn."
Reed Construction Data (RCD) and Source2 earlier this month announced the formation of a new company, SmartBIM LLC, which has acquired the BIM Solutions division of RCD with a plan to maximize its potential. The new company is led by Arol Wolford and backed by Source2, a private investment group led by James Wilson.