The insurance requirements worked in this 2018 North Carolina case, in forcing the lower tier sub’s primary general liability and umbrella insurers to pay for defense and for the amount of the settled claim. Continental Cas. Co. v. Amerisure Ins. Co., Typical claim arrangement.  Injury to employee of sub-sub.  Lawsuit against Sub, General and Owner. Four… Read More


G4S TECHNOLOGY LLC v MASS TECHNOLOGY PARK CORP. Mass SJC 2018 FACTS Government owner hired design builder for $45M project (internet backbone for 400,000 Western Mass users). The contract included requisition certifications that subcontractors had been paid and liquidated damages for late finish. Project got delayed.  Owner held back payment on requisitions. Contractor issued change… Read More


Own the process and set the tone. Newer design and construction methods use better integration across disciplines and among parties, sometimes using Lean principles, a collaborative spirit and open communications. Getting to know the others on the project will make the inevitable hard conversations, easier to have. Spend early time together with both the design… Read More


The MBTA’s Green Line Extension project axed its contractors after an independent study by Berkley Research Group analyzed reasons for ballooning costs. Lessons on Stopping GMP Cost Overruns for Construction Owners • Have a budget and accept value engineering options to maintain it • Make the Designer design to the budget in a minimum number… Read More