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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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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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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2015 ACEC Professional Liability Insurance Survey of Carriers in Engineering, Inc.
2015 ACEC Professional Liability Insurance Survey of Carriers in Engineering, Inc.
March 29, 2016

Design firms preparing to purchase or renew professional liability insurance ask the same few questions every year. How will my professional liability premium be calculated? Will my professional liability premium go up? Should I change professional liability insurance companies? One helpful resource to answer these questions is the 2015 Professional Liability Insurance Survey of Carriers, a report […]

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Drones: Should Architects & Engineers use them?
Drones: Should Architects & Engineers use them?
February 25, 2016

They offer a bird’s eye view of construction sites. They provide breathtaking photographic opportunities for architects looking to showcase their work. And they’re fun to fly. However, while they may be intriguing tools for architects and engineers, drones open up the design firms that use them to many possibly unanticipated risks. These days, obtaining a drone is […]

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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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a/e ProNet's Fall Meeting Kicks Off in Chicago
a/e ProNet's Fall Meeting Kicks Off in Chicago
September 30, 2014

Dozens of a/e ProNet members from across the country are gathering in Chicago this week for the annual fall meeting. They will be joined by representatives from several top tier professional liability insurance companies and a few major design industry organizations, including the AIA, NSPE, and ACEC. Over the course of three days, members will […]

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Waiver of Subrogation: A Valid Defense for Architects and Engineers?
Waiver of Subrogation: A Valid Defense for Architects and Engineers?
July 08, 2014

An attorney is asked to defend an architect in a claim for defective design of a geothermal HVAC system, which allegedly caused an explosion and several million dollars of property damage to an owner’s manufacturing facility. He reviews the file, making notes. The plaintiff is the owner’s casualty insurer, which has paid the claim and […]

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Are You Accepting Too Much Liability on Your Construction Project?
Are You Accepting Too Much Liability on Your Construction Project?
April 04, 2014

The following is a re-post from the Southeast Construction Law Blog: Contractors, subcontractors, and A&E firms all face differing levels of liability on construction projects. Managing that exposure is a key to maintaining profitability and ensuring your business is protected. One issue I consistently see in my practice is companies taking too much liability for their […]

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