VOLUME 2   ISSUE 45   NOVEMBER 08, 2013


By Bruce Jervis


There are many legitimate reasons for contractors to submit claims for increased compensation. Construction contracts, which essentially allocate risks and responsibilities between project owners and constructors, spell out the circumstances under which the contractor may be entitled to additional time or money. This is why aspersions such as “claim monger” are offensive to contractors.


Sometimes, however, contractors overreach. These lapses in judgment are harmful to the image of the industry and give the entire claim process a bad reputation. An example is found in a recent federal court case in Wisconsin. ... Read more.


Featured in this Week’s Construction Claims Advisor:

  • Contract Distinguished Disposal from Removal
  • Performance Bond Liability Not Increased by Liquidated Damages
  • Sub Settles with Prime and then Recovers from Owner


By Steve Rizer


How is America faring in its quest to make carbon-neutral buildings a much more common sight nationwide? Statistics that the American Institute of Architects (AIA) released last month indicate some improvement on this front, but is the reported progress falling woefully short of expectations for this particular point in time? Perhaps. Click here to read some of the new interim results from the 2030 Commitment Program, a voluntary initiative involving AIA members and others who are working toward the organization’s goal of carbon-neutral buildings within the next 17 years.


By Steve Rizer


How often should schedules be updated for construction projects in which there is no contractual language addressing the issue? In such circumstances, should schedules be updated weekly, monthly, every two months, or on some other timetable? J. Kimon Yiasemides and Zeynep Guven of Warner Construction Consultants Inc. tackled this puzzler during “Consideration of Claims Issues in the Creation and Update of Schedules,” a 90-minute webinar that WPL Publishing held last week. To read their advice on this topic, click here.





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