VOLUME 3   ISSUE 20   MAY 16, 2014


By Bruce Jervis


“Substantial completion” is one of the more significant milestones in a construction project, affecting the rights and responsibilities of the owner and contractor. The impact may include release of retained contract funds, responsibility for insurance and commencement of statutory claim limitation periods.


Substantial completion is easy to define. It is the stage of completion where the project is fit for occupancy and use for its intended purpose. While this sounds straightforward, it is frequently difficult to apply to the specific facts. Projects and intended uses vary. Consequently, it is useful for the parties to stipulate a date of substantial completion. ... Read more.


Featured in this Week’s Construction Claims Advisor:

  • Substantial Completion Required Written Acknowledgment
  • Workers Were Not Subcontractors for Lien Purposes
  • No Grounds to Challenge Competitor’s Below-Cost Bid


By Steve Rizer


When taking on a green building project as ambitious as the one for Berea College’s Deep Green Residence Hall (DGRH) in Kentucky, what is the best approach? What is the secret to achieving a 90-point Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum designation like the one for DGRH? These are questions that ConstructionPro Week asked Christopher Chivetta, Hastings + Chivetta Architects’ president and the company’s principal in charge on the Berea project, during a recent interview. To see his response, click here.


By Steve Rizer


There are times when abiding by the credo “the devil is in the detail” makes sense for getting a job done, but when embarking upon a building information modeling (BIM) project, perhaps a better motto would be: “Don’t let the devil con you into inputting too many details.” This was essentially the theme of a BIMForum presentation that took place late last month in Boston. During the early stages of a BIM project, “it is tempting for design teams to start putting in information that is either completely unnecessary or does not meet any goal at the time they’re putting it in,” Matt Petermann, digital practice manager at Perkins + Will, told professionals attending the event. “Quite often, I see too many teams going too deep into their data.” ... Read more.





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