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Albany, N.Y. (September 15, 2020) – Andrew D. Mendelson, FAIA, senior vice president, chief risk management officer at Berkley Alliance Managers, a Berkley Company, will participate in the panel discussion, “Weathering the Storm: Evolving Legal Standards in the Era of Climate Change”, held during the 2020 CLM Virtual Construction Conference on Tuesday, September 29 at 11:00 a.m. CDT.

“Climate change threatens the integrity of everything from building envelopes, roads and bridges to communications and utility infrastructures,” says Mendelson. “As a result, codes, standards and regulations are continually evolving to protect against the ever-increasing frequency of severe storms and their potentially disastrous effects. This session will focus on the design and construction of resilient structures that remain habitable, overcome power outages, and manage stormwater and flooding during extreme storm conditions.”

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Session 1 – National – Weathering the Storm: Evolving Legal Standards in the Era of Climate Change

Speakers:
Dion Cominos, Gordon & Rees LLP
Gale Dwyer, Allied World Assurance Company, Ltd.
Traci Gill, State Farm
Andrew Mendelson, Berkley Alliance Managers

Tuesday, September 29, 2020
11:00 AM CDT

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Presented By:
James B. Atkins, FAIA, FKIA, President, Atkins Consulting Solutions
Andrew D. Mendelson, FAIA, Senior Vice President, Chief Risk Management Officer, Berkley Design Professional

Thursday, September 17, 2020
11:00 am – 12:30 pm Pacific Daylight Time
1.5 AIA CES LUs
1.5 RCEP PDHs
Berkley DP policyholders who participate in this program can qualify for a 15% Risk Management Education credit. Contact your agent for further information*

The basic purpose of Construction Contract Administration (CCA) is to determine whether the project is being built in conformance with the design intent. This program will also explore the roles of the client, design professional, contractor, and subcontractors in CCA activities such as site visits, the perils of substitutions, non-conforming Work, RFI responses, change orders, and more, with a focus on the impact of COVID-19 on these services. Once the pitfalls and challenges are exposed, participants will gain strategies to attain optimal outcomes during construction.

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BDP Digital Workforce

Presented by:
Ryan Jenkins Next Generation Speaker
Andrew D. Mendelson, FAIA, Senior Vice President, Chief Risk Management Officer, Berkley Design Professional

Wednesday, June 17, 2020
11:00 am – 12:30 pm Pacific Daylight Time
Approved for 1.5 AIA Learning Units
Berkley DP policyholders who participate Berkley DP policyholders who participate in this program can qualify for a 15% Risk Management Education credit. Contact your agent for further information*

Mobile technology, ubiquitous connectivity, shifting generational expectations, and now COVID-19 have enabled and even compelled the transition from workplaces to workspaces. Operating in or leading a remote workforce and dispersed project teams requires a different set of tools to sustain relationships and maintain effectiveness.

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Presented by:
Arlen Solochek, FAIA, Consulting Architect
Andrew D. Mendelson, FAIA, Senior Vice President, Chief Risk Management Officer, Berkley Design Professional

Tuesday, March 17, 2020
11:00 am – 12:30 pm Pacific Daylight Time
1.5 AIA CES LUs
Berkley DP policyholders who participate in this program can qualify for a 15% Risk Management Education credit. Contact your agent for further information*

Construction Manager as Constructor (CMc), often known in the form of Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR), is an increasingly popular construction delivery method, particularly for large and complex projects with enhanced schedule, and project cost demands. No longer limited to private sector projects, CMc delivery is often utilized for public works building projects where the concurrent input of construction and design professionals can promote positive project outcomes.

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The Engineer’s Guide to Effective Communication & Documentation

Presented by:
Diane P. Mika, Vice President, Director of Risk Management Education, Berkley Design Professional

Monday, April 27, 2020
2 – 3:00 pm EDT
Marriott Wardman Park
Washington, D.C

Education Session Description

With real-world examples, this session reveals pitfalls and best practices in communication and documentation throughout a project. Communication is like a project’s “glue”—strengthening or weakening project relationships. And, let’s face it, engineers are judged by documentation: proposals, contracts, CDs, reports, email, and more. You’ll come to appreciate cautionary words and project templates, examine a proven change-management model, and learn how proactive communication and consistent documentation can help you manage risk and deliver successful projects.

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Monterey,Calif. (December 10, 2019) – Berkley Design Professional (BDP), a division of Berkley Alliance Managers, a Berkley Company, has won the Brandon Hall Group 2019 Bronze Excellence Award for Learning for its BDP Risk® Learning Management System (LMS). Awarded within the “Best Advance in Custom Content” category, the coveted honor recognized Berkley Design Professional’s successful efforts to help design professionals improve their business practices and mitigate claims.

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Complimentary Webinar: The Secrets of Successful Strategic Planning

Presented by:
Raymond Kogan, AIA,  President, Kogan & Company
Andrew D. Mendelson, FAIA, Senior Vice President, Chief Risk Management Officer, Berkley Design Professional

Thursday, December 5, 2019
11:00 am – 12:30 pm Pacific Daylight Time
1.5 AIA CES LUs
Berkley DP policyholders who participate in this program can qualify for a 15% Risk Management Education credit. Contact your agent for further information*

Without a firm’s success as a business, the lofty goals of any firm can dwindle to little more than reality-dampened frustrations. Strategic planning has proven to be the single most powerful and highly-leveraged tool to guide firms toward future growth and prosperity. This webinar will demonstrate what it takes to make strategic planning work for a firm, provide meaningful tips for the planning process, and identify common pitfalls to avoid.

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By Gina Armbruster | Friday, August 23, 2019

Design-build has become a widely-used construction project-delivery method due to the ability to complete projects quickly and efficiently while also reducing costs. However, along with these advantages are the increased risks that can confront both contractors and design professionals throughout project lifecycles.

Contractors traditionally warrant and guarantee that their work will conform to the plans and specifications but do not warrant the design or the success of the overall project. On a design-build project, the design-build prime contractor is responsible for the project’s success as a whole and an owner may expect the contractor to warrant the project’s performance. As a result, the design-build prime contractor may have exposure for design errors and omissions on the part of its design professional consultant. 

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