If You Build It, They Will Sue: Condominium Projects – Part II
If You Build It, They Will Sue: Condominium Projects – Part II
May 29, 2017

Continued from the August 2016 issue of ProNetwork News including an analysis of Beacon Residential Community Association v. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, et al. and its impact on future court decisions. IV.        Important Contract Provisions A.        Indemnity, Indemnity, Indemnity!!! In the real estate business the often-touted phrase is “location, location, location.”  In the design […]

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Indemnity Relief Coming to California Design Professionals
Indemnity Relief Coming to California Design Professionals
May 03, 2017

On April 27, 2017, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 496 (“SB-496”) into law. SB-496 will significantly lessen the burden of indemnity provisions and the dreaded immediate duty to defend in both public and private contracts with design professionals. Efforts to obtain passage began several years ago and were spearheaded by the hard work of the […]

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If You Build It, They Will Sue: Condominium Projects – Part I
If You Build It, They Will Sue: Condominium Projects – Part I
January 27, 2017

Do architects owe a “duty of care” to the homeowners of a condominium project with whom the architects have no contractual privity?  According to the California Supreme Court, they do.  What does this mean in practical terms?  The answer is that architects are now more than ever exposed to potential future claims and lawsuits brought […]

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AIA Names Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects Nation's Top Architecture Firm
AIA Names Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects Nation's Top Architecture Firm
December 29, 2016

Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects, an a/e ProNet client hailing from San Francisco, California, has received the coveted AIA Architecture Firm Award for 2017. “Firm principals William Leddy, FAIA, Marsha Maytum, FAIA, and Richard Stacy, FAIA, began collaborating in 1983 and the belief that architecture is the synthesis of poetics, economics, technologies, and meaning has always […]

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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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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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AIA College of Fellows Elevates Christ J. Kamages of California
AIA College of Fellows Elevates Christ J. Kamages of California
June 08, 2015

Churches, cathedrals, and temples have historically drawn attention for their architectural beauty. Sometimes these buildings took centuries to complete, employing tens of thousands of craftsmen, all to meet the original vision of a single architect, inspired by the great Architect in the sky. It would be a mistake to think that–with the exception of project length and […]

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“Brochurebiage”
“Brochurebiage”
March 31, 2015

Yes, “brochurebiage” is a word we made up. It refers to that optimistic and puffed‐up verbiage that can creep into a professional’s brochures or other promotional materials. Many people are rightfully proud of their past work and skill and need to sell that experience and ability to prospective clients. However, use such language with caution. […]

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Boxouse: Young Americans Turn to Alternative Housing
Boxouse: Young Americans Turn to Alternative Housing
March 24, 2015

Signs of recovery in the American housing market–in architecture, engineering, construction, real estate–are increasing. Yet, in 2014, the market saw a new, disappointing record: The number of homeowners under the age of 35 hit its lowest point ever. Home ownership has long been synonymous with the American Dream. But where are the young people in this […]

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