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Timeline Update: 2018 AIA David W. Lakamp Scholarship

July 13, 2018

The a/e ProNet AIA David W. Lakamp Scholarship program timeline for 2018 has been revised.  The new timeline allows students to apply for this scholarship through October 5, 2018.  The 2018 Scholarships will be awarded in November for use by the winners in their spring semester.  These $5,000 scholarships are open to fourth-year undergraduates, and graduate […]

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The Temptation to Cut Corners on Insurance
The Temptation to Cut Corners on Insurance
October 12, 2016

When it comes to insurance, cutting costs without determining the risks can leave your design firm vulnerable. In a recent IA Magazine article called Are Your A&E Clients Cutting Coverage Corners?, editor Jacquelyn Connelly outlines three crucial “coverage developments” pertinent to architects and engineers: Cyber liability Design-build contracts Stricter insurance requirements These categories are rapidly changing […]

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Design Professionals and the Give-and-Take of
Design Professionals and the Give-and-Take of "Standard Contracts"
October 04, 2016

The word standard implies many things. A bar to be cleared; a rubric to be followed. But for design professionals, the word becomes tricky when applied to contracts. Project owners often want to keep things simple by requiring so-called Standard Contracts for all parties. This is a problem for architects and engineers, especially from an […]

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a/e ProNet's Fall Meeting to Commence in Chicago
a/e ProNet's Fall Meeting to Commence in Chicago
September 26, 2016

This week, a/e ProNet’s membership will gather in Chicago for the annual fall meeting (September 28-30, 2016). It’s an opportunity for the members to exchange insights about the climate of the design industry, broadening each broker’s individual knowledge base. Established in 1988, a/e ProNet represents a combined annual professional liability premium volume exceeding $300 million. For this […]

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Demanding General Contractors and How to Meet Them Halfway
Demanding General Contractors and How to Meet Them Halfway
August 24, 2016

Some of the most frequently asked questions we hear are triggered by the disparities between the insurance coverage available to design professionals and the demands made for coverage by general contractors and their standard contracts.   This is a nuanced area, and you should call your local a/e ProNet broker if you have specific questions. In the […]

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Certificates of Insurance:  Why You Can’t Always Have It Your Way
Certificates of Insurance: Why You Can’t Always Have It Your Way
August 05, 2016

Design professionals are often asked by their clients to sign contracts that include comprehensive—sometimes unreasonable—insurance requirements and indemnification terms.  These are usually drafted with the goal of protecting owners, clients, contractors, or other project participants.  But how does this work when the required coverages aren’t found in the commercial insurance marketplace? Certificates of insurance (COIs)—which […]

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Farm-to-Table Community--The Cannery--Wins Gold Nugget Award
Farm-to-Table Community--The Cannery--Wins Gold Nugget Award
July 30, 2016

The Cannery–a master-planned, “farm-to-table” community in Davis, California featuring neighborhoods joined by beautiful sets of trails and bike paths–has received the Gold Nugget Award for the Best Residential Housing Community of the Year. Congratulations to a/e ProNet client Jeffrey DeMure + Associates, an integral part of the outstanding team of design professionals responsible for the win! Shout-out […]

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ACEC Announces First a/e ProNet Engineering Scholarship Winner
ACEC Announces First a/e ProNet Engineering Scholarship Winner
July 05, 2016

The ACEC has announced the winners of its five national student awards, and among them is Lauren Grimley, winner of a/e ProNet’s first annual engineering scholarship. Grimley will graduate from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan this year and enter the University of Iowa’s master’s program in water resources and environmental engineering in the fall. Grimley’s credentials as […]

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Winners of 2016 a/e ProNet AIA Scholarships Announced
Winners of 2016 a/e ProNet AIA Scholarships Announced
June 23, 2016

We partner with the AIA to give two scholarships to architecture students each year, and, as usual, we’re excited to announce the winners. Laura Colagrande completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2013 and is enrolled in the M.Arch program at the University of Pennsylvania. With a background in design, she has worked […]

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Commercial Auto Policy Myths
Commercial Auto Policy Myths
June 21, 2016

Company cars. Employee drivers. MVRs. Hired and Non-Owned Auto Liability. Commercial auto insurance is an important coverage for design firms, and it’s also a deceptively simple one. In a short article, a/e ProNet member Walker & Associates Insurance urges design professions to be “aware of the top commercial auto insurance myths. What you don’t know can cost […]

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