By Bruce Jervis
A mechanic’s lien is a contractor’s best form of payment security on a private construction project. State lien statutes specify the timely steps a contractor must take, from notice to filing to foreclosure. But, what determines the appropriate amount of a lien: the initial filed demand, the reasonable value of the work, or the contract price?
A California court recently addressed this question. A contractor recorded a lien in a stated amount and then attempted to recover an increased amount in foreclosure. The increase reflected work performed, but not yet billed, prior to recording the lien. The project owner argued the contractor was limited to recovery of the initial filed amount. The court said no. The contractor could recover for work performed under the contract prior to the lien filing. The recovery limit was the contract price, not the initial recorded demand. ... Read more.
Featured in this Week’s Construction Claims Advisor:
- Lien Foreclosure Recovery Can Exceed Stated Lien Amount
- Contractor Excluded Due to Past Scheduling Problems
CPM schedules are essential for determining project impact arising from time-related problems, such as delays, suspensions, or accelerations. Changes that add or delete work and differing site conditions may also have a time impact on the contract that can be demonstrated by CPMs. To best analyze the effect of such situations, the CPM is the most often used tool to measure the relative impact of different time factors on project completion. The use of CPMs has long been accepted by the boards and courts, so long as.... Read more.
By Steve Rizer
Now that Trimble has unveiled SketchUp 2015, what should users know before switching to this new version of the 3D modeling software? In search of an answer to this question, ConstructionPro Week (CPW) asked a Trimble representative, as well as several practitioners and trainers who are well-schooled in the program, for their input on the best way to make the transition. To see some of the suggestions they gave, click here.