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Design-Assist: The Good, the Bad, and Food for Thought [PDF Download]

Design-Assist is an emerging collaborative model. The term is used to describe the strategy of engaging key construction subcontractors early in the design and pre-construction phase, to assist the design team and the construction team with value engineering, constructability analysis, and other pre-construction services. The goal is to gain more input, from more parties, earlier …

Risk Drivers: Sources of Claims (PDF)

XL Catlin, one of the largest underwriters of Professional Liability Insurance for AE firms for the last 40 years, has researched and gathered data on the sources of claims in an effort to educate clients on claim avoidance. Based on this data and in concert with similar data from other insurers both in design and …

Risk Management

Risk is inherent in the design and construction industry.  Successful project outcomes are dependent on unbiased understanding of project risks. Resources to assist in understand potential risks: Summary of common risks between an Owner, Architect, Engineer, Construction Manager and Trade Contractor, an outcome from Cogence Alliance, January 2016 (PDF) Analysis of how, when and to …

Design Build

The “Design Build” delivery method is often confused with “Design Assist”.  The primary difference being the Design Build contactor is responsible for providing or hiring the engineer and therefore has responsibility and liability for the function of the systems being designed, implemented and installed for a project.  The Design Build contractor is responsible for the …

Design Assist

The “Design Assist” delivery method is much different than the traditional Design-Bid-Build and Design Build delivery methods.  The Design Assist method allows the owner to hire a design assist contractor for pre-construction services.  This usually takes place around the schematic design phase.  The design assist contractor does not have any liability for the design.  The …

No-Surprise Construction

In 2004, Ava Abramowitz, Esq., wrote an article for The Construction Lawyer called “Implementing New Contracting Relationships to Create Successful Projects for All Parties in the Construction Process.” In it, Abramowitz called for a change in the way the industry approaches construction contracting. She termed the approach “No Surprise Construction.” This resonated deeply with our …

What Is Lean Design & Construction?

Lean Design and Construction is a respect- and relationship-oriented production management approach to project delivery. The Lean Construction Institute (LCI) defines five cornerstones of Lean Design and Construction: Respect for people Focus on customer defined value Delivering value and eliminating waste Continuous improvement of processes Optimization of the whole While collaborative project delivery does not …

The Discipline of Teams

The industry has used the term “project team” forever to describe any group of people assembled to deliver a project, regardless of how these people work with each other (or don’t) or how successful they were at delivering a project. It seems obvious that an owner would want high-performing teams on their projects, yet historically …

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