Design-Build – Professional Liability Risks for Design Professionals
These days, nearly half of the nation’s projects are delivered using the design-build method. It is projected to increase by 18 percent by 2021. There are perceived advantages: The Owner manages only one contract, the engineer and contractor work together as a team, and it is perceived that there are fewer negligence claims against the engineer.
Not true. The number of claims against the engineer is increasing and represents a significant concern for the profession. Is there a difference in the level of quality between the two delivery systems? Does working for the contractor instead of the owner create new levels of responsibility? Is additional knowledge required when working for contractors? Do engineers need to change in response to the design-build delivery approach?
Join us on Wednesday, October 30, 2019, as we discuss the following:
- Key terms to be considered in Teaming Agreements between contractors and designers joining to pursue design-build projects.
- Tools used by contractors and designers to identify risks in design-build projects.
- The need for design evolution contingency and construction contingency in design-build projects where the contract price is set based on preliminary design documents.
Eric A. Howard, Attorney, Donovan Hatem LLP