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Guarantees and Insurance
Some Construction Owners Need Specific Results If a power plant owner needs to retrofit its plant to comply with specific restrictions on emissions, it needs to hire designers and contractors to achieve this result.  This poses contracts problems with allocating risks because of the way insurance policies are written. Contract Agreement Forms Have Adapted Construction… Read More »Guarantees and Insurance
GMP Contract Lessons for Owners from MBTA GLx Experience
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 »GMP Contract Lessons for Owners from MBTA GLx Experience
General Contractor Blocked from Enjoying Additional Insured Defense Coverage Due to the Cross-Liability Exclusion
Recent Massachusetts Appeals Court unpublished decision adds to confusion over the already complex system for additional insured coverage. Phoenix Bay State v First Financial Insurance Mass Appeals Court 2020 PARTIES General                Phoenix Subcontractor    Lanco Sub’s Insurer      FFIC Suit                       Lanco employee v Phoenix Policy                   Phoenix demands defense as an additional insured on Lanco… Read More »General Contractor Blocked from Enjoying Additional Insured Defense Coverage Due to the Cross-Liability Exclusion
Coordination – a New, Needed Role
Mechanical and structural engineers were among the first to use BIM.  CM’s saw this and “rushed to claim they had the same capabilities”.  Who leads, who owns coordination on a project using BIM?  The need to coordinate the design engineered plans and the work of the trade contractors has been an interface where roles are… Read More »Coordination – a New, Needed Role
Contractual risk transfer – this time it worked.
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 »Contractual risk transfer – this time it worked.

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Newton MA 02460




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