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5 Things to Consider When Designing for Modular Construction

In a recent post, we discussed the benefits of using permanent modular construction – how it can reduce costs, increase efficiency and allow for faster project delivery times.  However, permanent modular construction differs in many respects from traditional construction and requires consideration of different factors to ensure a successful project. Here are five issues that architects, engineers, and design/builders should consider when incorporating modular construction into a construction project.

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Why You Should Consider Rectification Coverage

During the course of any design or construction project, there are various factors that can cause damages or delays, which can be financially costly and detrimental to your firm’s reputation.  For this reason, it is essential to have comprehensive liability insurance.  In recent years, many insurance carriers have begun to offer a new form of protection called rectification coverage which is available to contractors under their professional liability policy and to design professionals who have a lead role in design/build projects.

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Is Modular Construction the Future?

Permanent modular construction has flourished in Europe for the past two decades, and it is now increasingly emerging as a project delivery system in the United States.  It has also begun to attract interest from owners of large commercial projects after several recent high profile projects.  The appeal of modular construction is simple: it can reduce costs and improve project delivery times.  These advantages are particularly valuable for commercial projects, since they allow owners to reduce construction costs and achieve a faster return on investment by putting a building into service earlier.

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5 Things You Need to Know About Cyber Insurance

Is your firm at risk for a cyber attack?  The answer may surprise you.  Attacks against all businesses are increasing, and though smaller companies may assume they won’t be targeted, Symantec’s 2016 Internet Security Threat Report found that 43% of all attacks in 2015 were against small businesses.  You can’t entirely prevent an attack, but you can protect your company by purchasing cyber insurance.  Here are a few things to consider.

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5 Things To Do Today to Reduce Your Company’s Risk

Design and construction professionals are in a high-risk business, but there are things that your firm can do today that will help minimize that risk.

1. Adopt and Use a Standard Contract Form

There are some clients that will present you with their form for services or construction work and you will have to negotiate over the terms.  However, there are plenty of clients – particularly those buying design services – that do not have a standard form.  This is a great opportunity for you to present your standard contract form to them with your proposal.  This, of course, assumes that you actually have a standard form.  If you do not, you need to create one or hire an attorney to help you create a form.  Your form does not have to be a made-from-scratch product, but may include a standardized document, like one of the AIA forms, with your standard modifications.  You need to have a go-to form that you understand and that you are comfortable using.  Today, you can develop a plan to create this form.

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