Tag: Construction Contracts

Cross-Laminated Timber Projects: The Pacific Northwest’s Next Big Timber Development

Cross-laminated timber (“CLT”) is a leading building technology that has been employed by European developers for decades, but the product’s use in the United States only recently took hold after its adoption by the 2015 International Building Code. A type of structural timber product composed of dimensional timber layers bonded together with structural adhesives, CLT … Continue Reading

Developers and Builders Gain Time from Permit Expiration in California with AB 2913

After decades of dealing with a hodgepodge of local adoption (or not) of administrative codes relating to building permit extensions, California Governor Brown’s September 21, 2018 signature on AB 2913 is a welcome addition of at least six months to the existing statutory commencement of work period. AB 2913 allows a uniform 12-month period across … Continue Reading

The Owner’s Guide to Negotiating Construction Contracts During Volatile Trade Negotiations

President Trump’s new tariffs and ongoing trade negotiations concerning building commodities like steel, aluminum, and lumber have resulted in uncertain market conditions for those in the construction industry, making it nearly impossible for owners, developers, contractors, and suppliers to accurately analyze and allocate risks during construction contract negotiations. In my latest article for the Daily … Continue Reading

California Contractors State License Board (CSLB) Issues FAST FACTS for Contractor Referral Businesses

There is no doubt that our national economy relies heavily on e-commerce.  This is true with regard to contractors in California as well. As individuals and businesses look for quality builders, trades and services in the construction field, they look for sources of on-line information to evaluate whom to hire.  Would you think that an … Continue Reading

Advance Contractual Lien Releases in Washington – An Enforceable Shield or Unintended Liability?

As the construction boom continues in Washington (and especially in Seattle), owners and developers look for ways to mitigate risk on projects. Risk mitigation is often accomplished through negotiated terms and conditions of the parties’ contractual agreements. In my latest Daily Journal of Commerce article, I explore the validity of advance contractual lien releases and … Continue Reading

When Three’s Company, and Not a Crowd

Negotiating construction contract language in 2017 can have important consequences years into the future. The obligations and rights arising from one often overlooked clause, that addressing contractual “third-party beneficiaries,” i.e. “a person or entity who, though not a party to the contract, stands to benefit from the contract’s performance,”  can vary considerably from state to … Continue Reading

Contracts Are King, But Don’t Forget Tort Law

The construction industry is driven by its memorialization of business terms and legal obligations in written contracts.  However, “tort” law also imposes many implied rights and obligations independent of what parties may have formally agreed to, the foremost of which is to use reasonable care so as to avoid damage to others. In my recent Daily … Continue Reading

“From, For, and Against”: What’s the Difference?

Indemnity provisions are often among the most negotiated and least understood provisions of commercial contracts, and construction contracts are no exception to this rule. Despite, and perhaps because of, the importance of these clauses, they have evolved into an almost impenetrable jumble of legal terminology. This jumble of words is not, however, without meaning. Although … Continue Reading

Watch Out for Forum-Selection Clauses

When developing construction contracts, parties frequently focus on what they consider to be the “essential terms” and may not be aware of “boilerplate” provisions.  In my recent article for the Daily Journal of Commerce, I address one of these important provisions — the forum-selection clause — and discuss its potential impact as well as things … Continue Reading

Expect the Best, Prepare for the Worst – Drafting Construction or Design Contracts

When embarking on a new design or construction contract, all parties hope the road will be smooth and that any bumps can be handled by agreement. However, real disputes do occur.  When they do, a well-crafted contract can provide rules for resolution.  It is best to formulate those rules before disputes arise.  In my recent … Continue Reading
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