Design-build continues to grow as a project delivery method of choice for project owners looking for a streamlined approach to designing and building their next project. Rather than having to deal with two primary points of contact (the contractor and the lead designer), the project owner chooses to have only a single point of contact. For the owner, this can greatly simplify the management of today’s complex construction sites.
There are different variations of design-build projects in terms of who takes the role of the Design-Builder. Here are the pros and cons of a few variations:
As an architect or engineer you are expected to provide quality services and produce error-free work on a daily basis. Such precision is obviously important in such a highly skilled industry, but despite your best intentions, some mistakes or misjudgments are bound to occur.
Unfortunately, when they do, even the smallest error can have serious consequences. Clients could sue you or your company, and in addition to paying to defend yourself in court, you would also be responsible for potentially extensive restitution costs if found at fault.
As such, here are some ways to manage the risk and minimize errors and omissions claims:
As an engineer or architect, you work in a highly skilled, detail-oriented industry and are expected to provide quality design services that are free of errors or omissions. Despite your expertise, knowledge and best intentions, the reality is that not all projects are error-free, and eventually a mistake or misjudgment is bound to occur.
Even the smallest error can have serious consequences. If a client believes damages are due to a mistake on your part, he or she can sue your company. It is important to protect yourself against this potentially devastating liability.
As we rely more and more on technology and companies have their employees work from home, the risk of having a cybersecurity breach should also be considered.
In particular, professional services that deal with and handle a great deal of personal information from clients are especially susceptible to cyberattacks.
One professional industry that has been targeted are those who work in Accounting. Take a look at what happened to the Canadian Chartered Professional Accountants Association when they suffered a cyberattack in 2020:
One of the main goals of an engineering project usually involves having the project be built for maximum function but with minimal costs. As such, a Value Engineer may be brought in during the early project stages to help enhance the success of a project by unveiling opportunities to reduce redundancies, eliminating unnecessary elements and finding less expensive materials that are adequate to do the job.
However, not many people are familiar with the concept of Value Engineering beyond these factors. Here are some things you may not have known about Value Engineering:
It is very unlikely that an architect or engineer acting as lead designer can complete a project without subconsultants. This task requires very careful attention and skill in order to assemble a subconsultant team that will most perfectly match your project’s needs and ensure its success.
However, one of the risks involved is being vicariously liable for an error or omission your subconsultant makes. Here are some questions to consider before you finalize your subconsultant roster for your next project:
Vicarious liability arises from the common law doctrine of “agency law” and occurs when someone in a superior or controlling role is held responsible for the errors and omissions of their subordinates or agents.
This means that if you hire subconsultants to work on yours or your client’s project, you can be held vicariously liable for damages that arise as a result of their actions. Here are some actions you can take to help mitigate the risk of vicarious liability when working with subconsultants and ensure your project runs as smoothly as possible:
Commercial General Liability (CGL) insurance is intended to cover damages caused by negligence that has resulted in property damage or bodily injury. CGL policies may also cover defence costs*.
It’s important that brokerages have CGL insurance to protect REALTORS® from third-party claims. While some claims may be covered under a sellers’ insurance policy, Realtors may still be involved in a lawsuit if the property owners seek recovery for damages caused by the negligence of the Realtor. In other cases, the seller may not have insurance and the Realtor will be sued directly by the injured party.
As the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak evolves, businesses face growing uncertainty as to how this pandemic will affect their operations long term. This is especially true when you consider that many organizations—including bars, restaurants, entertainment venues, retailers and manufacturers—have had to close their doors or cease operations as a result of COVID-19. Not only has this severely impacted their ability to serve their customers, but, for some, it has also led to indefinite disruptions—disruptions that could impact their bottom line.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many employers across Canada have had to either temporarily close their business doors or transition to a telecommuting program, leaving their commercial property unoccupied. However, unoccupied properties are more susceptible to vandalism, theft, undetected structural failures and property damage.