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ADA claims: A wake-up call for A/E’s

January 22, 2020

Americans with Disabilities Act-related lawsuits and claims against designers are on the rise, along with the associated costs. “The possibility of an...

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Project quality management, part two: the proposal phase

January 07, 2020

This is the second of a four-part series on project quality management. This installment focuses on quality management during the proposal phase, including...

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Project quality management, part one: What is quality management?

December 03, 2019

This first article of a series on project quality management looks at its role as part of a firm-wide quality management system, or QMS. Subsequent articles...

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Floodproofing, FEMA and flood maps

November 13, 2019

The following is an interview between Randy Lewis, VP of Loss Prevention Education, Design Professional and Adam Reeder, PE, CFM, Senior Project Manager...

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Mechanic's lien rights for design professionals

August 26, 2019

Do you know your lien rights? Mechanic’s liens are powerful tools that can help you collect your unpaid fees. But some clients may want you to waive your...

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Value trumps first cost when buying professional liability insurance

August 07, 2019

Every architecture or engineering firm faces the same questions annually: in today’s professional liability (PL) insurance marketplace, how do you determine...

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Name that place: designating dispute resolution settings in contracts

July 23, 2019

When a project dispute arises, you could be forced to fight an uphill battle if the state designated for dispute resolution isn’t your own. It may not...

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Dazed and confused: Are you administering the contract... or the construction?

June 17, 2019

Design professionals use various terms in contracts, websites and correspondence to describe their services during the construction phase of a project. For...

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Boost your image and lower your risk: Managing project photos

May 20, 2019

We love it when great firms want to do even better. AXA XL’s Design Professional team recently heard from an architect who asked what more his firm could...

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Design Professional Perspective What shall we do about shall

April 16, 2019

Must you refrain from using “shall” in your contracts? Some legal scholars and government agencies are moving in that direction. Words often change meaning...

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