Back to School: 2017 a/e ProNet Engineering Scholarship Winner
Back to School: 2017 a/e ProNet Engineering Scholarship Winner
August 28, 2017

University students around the country are heading back to class. We’d like to recognize one of them today. In May, ACEC announced the winner of the annual a/e ProNet Engineering Scholarship as Emily Valenzuela. Emily  is working toward a master’s degree in civil and water resources engineering from Colorado State University. She is the winner of the first […]

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Construction Contracts and Bankruptcy: The Ultimate in
Construction Contracts and Bankruptcy: The Ultimate in "Value Engineering"
December 20, 2016

You have just learned that the other party to your contract has filed for bankruptcy. That party owes you money for past work and the project is not yet completed. This is a difficult and confusing situation that your firm might encounter. In this Practice Note, attorney Jeremy W. Katz provides insight into the bankruptcy […]

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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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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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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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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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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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Announcing our New Scholarship for Engineering Students
Announcing our New Scholarship for Engineering Students
February 12, 2016

Attention engineering students! This year, a/e ProNet has partnered with the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) to offer a brand new scholarship: The a/e ProNet Engineering Scholarship Award: $2,500 Deadline: March 7, 2016 Eligibility Students must be entering their junior, senior, fifth, or master’s degree year, in the fall of 2016 to qualify for the […]

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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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