A-E LEGAL STANDARDS-OF-CARE

Architects and Engineers (A-E’s) are held to high degrees of professional standards in their services. These standards-of-care are duties, legally defined.

WHAT, ME WORRY?

  By: J. Norman Stark, ATTORNEY, ARCHITECT EMERITUS (OH) A.I.A., N.C.A.R.B. Perennials, those over 60, should recall the 1960’s beginning and craze of Mad Magazine, its comic jabs and  satire about almost everything, and the iconic portrait of the smiling …

CONSTRUCTION FATAL HAZARDS

BY: J. NORMAN STARK, ATTORNEY / ARCHITECT EMERITUS (A.I.A., NCARB) Construction projects have been frequently identified as “dangerous places”.  That hang tag is inaccurate and unfair, since it fails to acknowledge the huge majority of concerned, responsible contractors, subcontractors, and …

CONSTRUCTION EVIDENCE DESTROYED – SPOLIATION

Spoliation of crticial evidence may adversely affect proof required in consteruction cases. The elements of spoliation require strict proof.

OSHA FINES… BIGLY !

  The 10 Biggest Contractor Fines Under OSHA Great White Construction, Jacksonville, Florida – $1,523,710 . Violations primarily for Fall Protection and Eye Hazards.   Atlantic Drain Service Co., Boston, Massachusetts – $1,475,813 . Bottom of excavation – Form Two …

the bridge to agreement

  By: J. Norman Stark, ATTORNEY, ARCHITECT EMERITUS (OH) A.I.A., N.C.A.R.B. Every successful business enterprise requires creative, energetic, involved management.  Similarly, such management also requires direction of its key personnel, implemented and using carefully prepared management agreements.  And, while business …

How Disability Laws Affect You

By: J. Norman Stark, Attorney, Architect Emeritus (OH) A.I.A., N.C.A.R.B. ADA – THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (42 U.S.C. § 12101), enacted in 1990, became the Federal Law prohibiting discrimination against individuals with disabilities. This protection for all individuals with …

Construction Project Delay, Acceleration & Loss of Productivity

By: J. Norman Stark, Attorney, Architect Emeritus, A.I.A., N.C.A.R.B. Construction project delay and disruption are important elements of damages when they affect the orderly progress of a construction project. Loss of productivity, disturbance, hindrance, or interruption of the contractor’s normal, planned …

Construction Change Orders & Construction Claims

  By: J. Norman Stark, Attorney, Architect Emeritus, A.I.A., N.C.A.R.B. Changes in construction are a common occurrence on most projects. Change orders may also generate claims for delays, loss of productivity, increased time, and other costs and claims, by owners, …

Construction Project As-Built Drawings & Records-What Construction Management Should Know

  By: J. Norman Stark, Attorney, Architect Emeritus, A.I.A., N.C.A.R.B. Every construction project goes through a metamorphosis, emerging as a completed improvement. However, during the construction process there may be some important changes, modifications, substitutions and intentional omissions, right up …