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Common Mistakes Owners and Contractors Make that Cause Claims and Disputes (CCL184H)

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Learn to Prevent Construction Issues from Evolving into Construction Claims or Legal Disputes

When asked about the most common causes of construction claims, owners and contractors often recite a lengthy list including changes, delays, site conditions, and lost labor productivity, etc. However, a recent global survey of the top five causes of claims found that contract administration issues are the largest cause of claims. The Navigant Construction Forum™ has determined that contract administration issues are not caused solely by one party to the contract, but rather are caused by both owners and contractors.

In this session, expert speakers Steven A. Collins and James G. Zack, Jr., CCM, CFCC, FAACE, FIGPC, FRICS, PMP, will identify the top-10 mistakes owners make that cause claims, as well as the top-10 contractor mistakes that give rise to disputes. With each, the expert speakers will share practical advice on how to avoid such mistakes.

You will be able to identify potential construction claims and disputes when they arise. If you can identify potential claims as they arise, you will be better equipped to resolve such issues before they morph from an issue to a claim or legal dispute. This session will discuss a series of issues that cause claims on construction projects – some caused by owners and others caused by contractors. The session will further offer practical advice for both to avoid such mistakes.

Session Objectives

You will learn about the legal risks and practical problems that arise:

  • Due to the failure to settle delays as they arise
  • When RFIs are used to correct errors or redesign the project
  • As a result of owners’ discouraged written notices
  • When contractors proceed with changes without written change orders
  • When time and cost damages are not tracked separately from base scope time and costs
  • When contractors are required to finance owner-caused changes

Session Highlights

This session will cover:

  • How to determine the risks of issuing time and material changes
  • How to deal with RFIs properly in order to avoid claims
  • The risk of giving verbal direction for contractors to proceed with changes without written change orders
  • The risk of waiver when they object to submittal of written notices from contractors
  • The downside risks of not providing timely, written notices to owners when potential cost or time impact events arise
  • The risk of not tracking time and costs of changes separately
  • The danger of not creating a well thought out baseline schedule and issuing accurate schedule updates
  • A series of lessons learned, designed to help the contractors and owners avoid such mistakes

Who Should Attend

  • Public and private owners performing capital improvement projects
  • Contractors and subcontractors working on such projects
  • Legal counsel assisting construction clients
  • Design professionals and construction managers involved in both public and private construction contracts
About Our Speaker(s)

James G. Zack Jr. | Construction Claims Management SpeakerJames G. Zack Jr.
Jim is the Senior Advisor to the recently formed Ankura Construction Forum™. The Forum strives to be the construction industry’s resource for thought leadership and best practices on avoidance and resolution of construction project disputes globally. Jim was the founder and Executive Director of the Navigant Constr... More info


Steven A. Collins | Construction Projects SpeakerSteven A. Collins
Mr. Collins is a Director in Navigant's Global Construction Practice and works out of Navigant’s Boston office.  Mr. Collins possess more than 28 years of diverse construction and consulting experience.  His broad range of construction experience encompasses direct management of large complex projects as well as di... More info

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    Event Title: Common Mistakes Owners and Contractors Make that Cause Claims and Disputes
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