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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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How Effective is Your Risk Management Program?
How Effective is Your Risk Management Program?
November 18, 2015

Many design firms attend risk management training sessions and implement certain practices based on an industry trend or project claim. Other firms may only concentrate on contracts and insurance coverage’s as a risk management strategy, which only addresses a portion of an effective risk management program. As they say – “you cannot manage something that […]

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ProNet Clients Among 2015 Indiana Design Award Winners
ProNet Clients Among 2015 Indiana Design Award Winners
October 26, 2015

We’re excited to see some a/e ProNet clients among the winners at the recent 2015 Indiana Design Awards. ONE 10 STUDIO Architects Honor Award – New Construction (Project cost greater than $1 million) Project Name: 5855 Irvington Lofts (Indianapolis, IN) Jury Comments: This project uses economical materials judiciously and successfully. The minimalist language makes for […]

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Federal Trade Commission Releases How-To Cybersecurity Guide
Federal Trade Commission Releases How-To Cybersecurity Guide
October 16, 2015

Design firms may not seem like prime targets for hackers, many of whom are after sensitive, personal information, etc., but this assumption can be dangerous for architects and engineers. Intellectual property must be kept secure, and the threat can come from outside hackers, as well as from employees. As detailed in Schinnerer’s most recent issue of […]

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Award-Winning Scorpion House Lists for $5.5M
Award-Winning Scorpion House Lists for $5.5M
September 29, 2015

Undoubtedly one of the most dramatic homes in the American Southwest, the so-called Scorpion House has recently been put up for sale in Scottsdale, Arizona. Designed by a/e ProNet client Eddie Jones of Jones Studio in 2001, the 4,700-square foot Scorpion House blends “poured concrete, glass and oxidized titanium panels into a curvilinear plan that […]

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Risk of Misclassifying Employees vs. Independent Contractors
Risk of Misclassifying Employees vs. Independent Contractors
September 11, 2015

The appropriate classification of employees is a frequent source of confusion for design firms, usually coming up around the renewal of a firm’s Workers’ Compensation policy. It is an issue ripe with risk on an Employment Practices level. Recent court rulings in Arizona and Utah have resulted in construction firms paying hundreds of thousands of […]

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Gearing up for EdSymposium15
Gearing up for EdSymposium15
September 02, 2015

Design firms depend on a set of very important people to keep their businesses running smoothly: office administrators. These folks “manage, market, advance, streamline, protect, and regulate firms in the A/E/C industry,” according to Natalie Newman, current President of the Society for Design Administrators (SDA). At the SDA’s upcoming national meeting in Golden, Colorado–EdSymposium15 (October 8-10, […]

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Prevailing Party Perils: Attorney’s Fees’ Clauses in Professional Service Contracts
Prevailing Party Perils: Attorney’s Fees’ Clauses in Professional Service Contracts
August 17, 2015

In the world of claims-related contract clauses for design professional agreements, the indemnity and defense clauses get all the attention.  However, lurking in the shadow of the indemnity clause is a menacing cousin with potentially even greater and more frequent impact and risk:  the prevailing party attorneys’ fee clause.  Both clauses share the common risk […]

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Insurance for Design Professionals vs. General Contractors
Insurance for Design Professionals vs. General Contractors
August 11, 2015

When it comes to the world of construction contracts, there is no one-size-fits-all solution regarding insurance. The Design Professional’s insurance policies cannot and should not anticipate the needs and risks of a General Contractor, for example. This comes up all the time at the beginning of contract negotiations. You can sidestep disputes further down the road if […]

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How should a design-build project be structured?
How should a design-build project be structured?
August 06, 2015

Risk management best serves design professionals when it’s put in place prior to the acquisition of risk. Not damage control strategies, but damage avoidance strategies. In the case of design-build projects–arguably some of the riskiest in the business–this preemptive management of risk should include a number of questions asked by all parties involved. Among those […]

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