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By Andrew D. Mendelson, FAIA, Chief Risk Management Officer, Berkley Design Professional

April 11, 2019

Adapted from an article authored by Suzanne H. Harness, J.D., AIA for Berkley Design Professional

Recognizing that traditional public funding will not always be available, governmental agencies are using innovative public-private partnership (P3) models to incentivize their private-sector partners to deliver much needed local projects. For many engineers, P3 is already a familiar method of project delivery for infrastructure such as roads, bridges, tunnels, and transit. Architects are now finding that local communities are also considering P3 for other types of building projects, including athletic facilities, museums, convention centers, parking garages, courthouses, libraries, and affordable housing.

Simply stated, a P3 exists when a public entity retains a private entity to finance, design, and build a project that will deliver a benefit to the public. Often, the P3 consortium will be responsible for maintenance and operations over an extended period of time, up to 30 years. One thing is certain: private entities—and their investors and lenders—will only support P3 projects when they have confidence that the revenue stream will deliver an acceptable return on investment. The developer is then under tremendous pressure to deliver the promised financial return to investors.

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Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA (April 15, 2019) – Andrew D. Mendelson, FAIA, senior vice president, chief risk management officer at Berkley Design Professional, a division of Berkley Alliance Managers, a Berkley Company, will address Building Information Modeling (BIM) issues and best practices at the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) 2019 Annual Convention & Legislative Summit to be held May 5 – 8, at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C.

“When used properly, BIM can improve a design firm’s productivity, quality and project team relationships, as well as increase operational efficiencies from project inception through post-construction facility management,” says Mendelson. “However, users must be aware of the potential legal implications and professional liability risks emanating from unintended use of this emerging technology.”

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Risk Management & You: Contracts, Communication, Collaboration

Pre‐Conference Workshop on Risk Management

Presented by:
David A. Ericksen, Esq., Executive Committee, Construction Practice Leader, Severson & Werson , Michael O. Edmonds, Vice President, Account Executive, Parker | Smith | Feek, Diane P. Mika, Vice President & Director of Risk Management Education, Berkley Design Professional

Thursday, May 16
7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. PDT

The Davenport Grand Hotel
333 W. Spokane Falls Boulevard
Spokane, WA 99201

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Risk Management Essentials: Part One, the Design Firm

Presented by:
Andrew D. Mendelson FAIA, Senior Vice President, Chief Risk Management Officer, Berkley Design Professional
Nancy Rigassio, Executive Claims Counsel, AXA XL
Michael Prifti, Principal, BLT Architects
Caitlin Sweeney

Wednesday, June 5, 2019
8:00 a.m. – 12 p.m. PDT

Program Code: WE105
Las Vegas Convention Center
3150 Paradise Road

Class Credit
3.75 LUs/HSW/GBCI/RIBA

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AIA Seattle

Presented by:
Andrew D. Mendelson FAIA, Senior Vice President, Chief Risk Management Officer, Berkley Design Professional
Wolf Saar FAIA, Managing Director, VIA Architecture
Lindsey Pflugrath, Attorney, Cairncross & Hempelmann

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
8:30 am – 12:15 pm Pacific Standard Time
AIA Seattle
1010 Western Avenue Seattle, WA 98104

Class Credit
3 AIA LU’s, HSW

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by Walter J. Adams, Jr.

All contractors and subcontractors should be involved in mitigating risk.

Risk is inherent with any commercial building project. From design and specification through construction, there are many moving parts capable of creating any number of problems.

In the past, roles were clearly defined under the design/bid/build project delivery methodology. Responsibilities had a beginning and end. There was little guesswork – if any at all.

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Presented by: Andrew D. Mendelson, FAIA, Senior Vice President & Chief Risk Management Officer, Berkley Design Professional and Diane P. Mika, Vice President & Director of Risk Management Education, Berkley Design Professional 

Thursday, March 7, 2019 11:00 am Pacific Standard Time

1.5 AIA CES LUs/1.5 PDHs  HSW Qualified
Berkley DP policyholders who participate in this program can qualify for a 15% Risk Management Education credit. Contact your agent for further information* 

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Change is inevitable, but scope creep is not. Scope creep happens when there is an expansion of services provided without a corresponding increase in the design professional’s fees or recognition of additional risk exposure. This webinar will help you learn the triggers for change and how to manage the change process to maintain your client relationships—and your firm’s profitability.

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