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The Effects of Geographic and Substantive Shifts in Business
The Legal Intelligencer
August 3, 2010

For an increasing number of construction-related entities, survival in the current economy has meant expansion of both geographic and substantive work area comfort zones. Branching out in this manner can result not only in a broader client base, but, as when a joint venture is involved, may lead to a mutually beneficial new business relationship. Full Text


Properly Administering Arbitration in Construction Disputes
The Legal Intelligencer
August 3, 2010

Disputes arising from construction projects – often involving multiple issues, claims and parties – can greatly benefit from the efficiencies and economies of a properly administered arbitration process. But in order to gain the advantages of a process tailored to the needs of the parties, there must be properly drafted provisions in all related contracts that commit the various participants to the same proceedings. Full Text


Court Restricts Use of Best Value Procurement in Contractor Selection
The Legal Intelligencer
August 3, 2010

Federal and state government contractor selection continues to be a hot-button political issue as public agencies grapple with the best bidding and delivery systems to maximize taxpayer dollars. Full Text


Pennsylvania’s Statutory Employer Defense: A Primer
The Legal Intelligencer
August 3, 2010

General construction contractors in Pennsylvania have a unique defense against tort claims brought by workers who claim they were injured while on the job. Full Text


Owners Beware: Trevdan Building Supply v. Toll Brothers Inc.
The Legal Intelligencer
August 3, 2010

Once upon a time, there was scarcely a fairer place than Pennsylvania in which to be an owner of a construction project. While owners were responsible to the general contractors with whom they contracted directly, in the absence of unusual circumstances, owners were not responsible for the sins of those with whom they contracted, and could not, generally speaking, be liable to those subcontractors, including suppliers, with whom they had no privity of contract. Full Text


Identify and Manage Risks Arising From the Use of BIM
The Legal Intelligencer
August 3, 2010

Building Information Modeling (BIM) software is a powerful tool with enormous potential to streamline the construction process. According to the American Institute of Architects, a building information model “… is a digital representation of the physical and functional characteristics of the project.” Full Text