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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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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The Down-Low on Broker-Verification Questionnaires
The Down-Low on Broker-Verification Questionnaires
March 02, 2016

In what attorney Brian Stewart calls a “disturbing trend,” more and more project owners design professionals to procure separate questionnaires from their insurance brokers. These “broker-verification questionnaires” are meant to re-state or re-affirm the limits, exclusions, etc. of the relevant insurance policies to the project.  If you’re an architect or engineer who has met push-back […]

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Document Retention: More Paper or Paper-Less?
Document Retention: More Paper or Paper-Less?
February 08, 2016

Which is better, more or less documentation in your project file after the job is complete? Despite recent advances in technology, document retention has become a difficult, expensive and complex proposition. Computers have changed design professionals’ work flows and methods, greatly increasing efficiencies, but also exponentially multiplying the volume of data; e-mails, attachments, drawing revisions, […]

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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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Blog Love: ArchNewsNow - Nuts & Bolts
Blog Love: ArchNewsNow - Nuts & Bolts
February 12, 2015

Nuts+Bolts is a “an exclusive ArchNewsNow monthly series to provide A/E professionals with practical tips for a more successful, profitable practice.” All ten articles currently listed are worth a read, and we hope the series is slated to continue. The authors are architects, consultants, insurance professionals, and financial advisers, all of whom offer a timely […]

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Construction Phase Services: Considerations for a Successful Outcome
Construction Phase Services: Considerations for a Successful Outcome
January 19, 2015

The construction phase is a dynamic time of a project and a design professional’s involvement is significant from a risk management perspective since it allows the design professional the opportunity to provide input during the construction of the project.  Since no designs are perfect (and, moreover, are not expected to be perfect to still meet […]

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The Design Professional in the Age of BIM: Things that change; things that don’t.
The Design Professional in the Age of BIM: Things that change; things that don't.
December 29, 2014

Seen any changes the past thirty years in the delivery of professional design services?  Sure, you have—particularly in the area of construction documents. Raised stools and drafting tables, pounce, and lead-darkened calluses on the middle finger of the draftsmen have, for the most part, yielded to CAD. Although CAD’s promise of error-free drawing may have […]

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Insights: Wisdom from Distinguished Colleagues
Insights: Wisdom from Distinguished Colleagues
October 30, 2014

Sometimes it’s difficult to sort through all the resources available to design professionals on the internet. We recommend you check out this series of eleven free videos from aecKnowledge, each one an interview with a respected architect in California’s Bay Area. Jack McAllister, FAIA Throughout his long career, Jack McAllister has placed value on understanding […]

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