Public-private partnerships and the design firm

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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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Andrew Mendelson of Berkley Design Professional to Address BIM Issues and Best Practices at American Council of Engineering Companies 2019 Annual Convention

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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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Society for Design Administration (SDA) National Convention | EDSymposium19

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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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A’19 AIA Conference on Architecture 2019

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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 2019 Contract Documents Insights & Impacts

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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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Strategically preparing for construction professional liability risk

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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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Live Webinar: Ethical Challenges & Enigmas for the Architects and Engineers World

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Presented by: David A. Ericksen, Esq., Executive Committee, Construction Practice Leader, Severson & Werson and Andrew D. Mendelson, FAIA, Senior Vice President, Chief Risk Management Officer

Thursday, December 6, 2018, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Pacific
1.5 AIA CES LUs / 1.5 PDHs

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On paper, professional ethics seem simple—just do the right thing. But in the real world ethics can become very complicated for design and construction professionals.

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ACEC Fall Conference Educational Session

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From Scope Creep to Profitability: Managing Change, Risk, and Client Expectations

Presented by: Andrew D. Mendelson, FAIA, Senior Vice President, Chief Risk Management Officer

Monday, October 29, 2018, 3:45 pm

https://www.acec.org/conferences/fall-conference-2018/educational-sessions/

From Scope Creep to Profitability: Managing Change, Risk, and Your Client’s Expectations Change challenges the basic premise of project management: the control of resources to meet a certain objective by a specific date within a finite budget. 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. The good news is that while change is inevitable, scope creep is not. This workshop will help you learn the triggers for change and how to manage the change process to prevent claims, maintain your client relationships, and stay profitable.

Learning Objectives

  1. Recognize that concise definition of scope of project and services is a critical component of contract administration
  2. Identify potential risks in reduction of professional services in construction documents and construction administration, as well as increased risk exposure due to expanded scopes of service.
  3. Learn strategies to identify and control modifications to construction systems, material and products through effective change management
  4. Learn how to manage the implications of change through proactive communication and documentation

Walter J. Adams, Jr. of Berkley Alliance Managers to Discuss Trends in Construction Litigation at DRI Construction Law Seminar

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Albany, N.Y. (April 12, 2018)

Walter J. Adams, Jr., vice president and senior claims examiner at Berkley Alliance Managers, a Berkley Company, will discuss the latest Trends in Construction Litigation at the DRI Construction Law Seminar to be held April 25 – 27, 2018 at the Hilton Nashville Downtown in Nashville, Tennessee.

During the April 26th panel, Adams will examine the cost and scope considerations relating to e-discovery and the litigation issues surrounding liability for construction data breaches, cost considerations and the use of drones. He will be joined by Brian C. Lopez of the Lopez Law Group PLLC and Rachel C. Engelstein of Standard Industries Inc.

Adams handles claims for Berkley Construction Professional and Berkley Design Professional. He has nearly two decades of experience handling Architects and Engineers and Contractor’s Professional Liability claims at leading insurance carriers as well as litigating professional, general, environmental and construction liability cases at various New York-based law firms.

For more information on Berkley Alliance Managers please visit www.berkleyalliance.com.

 

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