Managing Design-Build Risks From Design Through Construction

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By Gina Armbruster | Friday, August 23, 2019 Design-build has become a widely-used construction project-delivery method due to the ability to complete projects quickly and efficiently while also reducing costs. However, along with these advantages are the increased risks that can confront both contractors and design professionals throughout project lifecycles.

Achieve the Best Possible Coverage Rates and Terms With Comprehensive Risk Profiles

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By Raymond F.H. Bustamante | Thursday, August 1, 2019 Too many firms grow for the sake of growth, only to suffer when the end product does not meet the client’s expectations. Managing growth with a balanced view of a firm’s own talent and core service structure helps a best-in-class contractor avoid professional liability claims. Historically, firms… Read more »

Selecting Professional Liability Coverage

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Obtaining competitive terms in a complex marketplace By Raymond F.H. Bustamante The Construction Specifier June 2019 Driven by a strong economy, the easing of lending standards, and a healthy commercial real estate marketplace, construction starts are expected to total about $800 billion in the United States, according to the Dodge Data & Analytics’ 2019 Construction… Read more »

How to Mitigate Construction Risk with Proper Coverage

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BY RAYMOND F.H. BUSTAMANTE 25 February 2019 In today’s commercial construction environment, risk and reward are deeply interconnected. This is especially true in increasingly popular design-build scenarios, which virtually eliminate the steadfast boundary of responsibilities that traditionally existed between contractors, architects and other building professionals.

Strategically preparing for construction professional liability risk

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by Walter J. Adams, Jr. Risk is inherent with any commercial building project. From design and specification through construction, there are many moving parts capable of creating any number of problems. In the past, roles were clearly defined under the design/bid/build project delivery methodology. Responsibilities had a beginning and end. There was little guesswork –… Read more »

Raymond F.H. Bustamante of Berkley Construction Professional to Discuss Best-in-Class Professional Liability Risk Profiles at IRMI Construction Risk Conference

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Roswell, Ga. (September 24, 2018) – Raymond F.H. Bustamante, executive vice president at Berkley Construction Professional, a division of Berkley Alliance Managers, a Berkley Company, will offer his perspective on best-in-class professional liability risk profiles at the IRMI Construction Risk Conference to be held from November 4 – 7, 2018 at the Marquis Marriott in… Read more »

8 Steps to Successful Subconsultant Relationships

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Streamline the design-build process with a solid strategy for choosing partners by Andrew Mendelson FAIA August 8, 2018 Prime design consultants often have a great deal of project control and leverage. Unfortunately, such responsibilities increase the potential for significant risk. This is especially true if errors or omissions committed by subconsultants cause damage to the… Read more »

Effectively Handling Protective Claims
Industry Shifts Boost Popularity of New Coverage Forms

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By Raymond F.H. Bustamante Posted on June 26, 2018 The rules of engagement have changed drastically. In recent years, the construction industry has moved rapidly from what were clearly defined stand-alone roles of design-bid-build project delivery methods to the faster-paced design/build, public-private partnership (P3) and integrated project delivery (IPD) models. Along with this shift came…