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Mark Alpert, PE, DBIA, WDBC Executive Director

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Managing Risks in Design-Build Delivery

Posted by Mark Alpert, PE, DBIA, WDBC Executive Director on Fri, Feb 02, 2018 @ 04:12 PM

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Findings in the research study of "Lessons Learned from Owners Using Design-Build Project Delivery" emphasizes that the key to successful design-build projects is an active and continuous collaboration between an owner and the selected project team.

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Topics: design-build

Hidden Risk Topics in Construction Contracts – What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

Posted by Mark Alpert, PE, DBIA, WDBC Executive Director on Fri, Jan 26, 2018 @ 04:40 PM

hidden-topics-in-construction-contractsAs discussed in the previous blog, the underlying principle of allocating and managing risk in projects using CMAR or design-build delivery methods is to embark upon a collaborative process between the owner and construction professionals with initial discussions on how to allocate specific risks to the party best positioned to manage and assume the risk. These decisions ultimately end up in the contract between the owner and construction professional.

As part of the initial discussions when formulating a contract, the following additional areas are highlighted for your attention. In addition, WDBC’s 2018 education program now includes a specific module on contracts which also addresses the elements of risk.

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Topics: risk allocation

Construction Contract Risk Allocation – What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

Posted by Mark Alpert, PE, DBIA, WDBC Executive Director on Fri, Jan 19, 2018 @ 01:26 PM

construction-contract-risk-allocationThe underlying principle of allocating and managing risk in projects using CMAR or design-build delivery methods is to embark upon a collaborative process between the owner and construction professionals with initial discussions on how to allocate specific risks to the party best positioned to manage and assume the risk. Chapter 3 of the WDBC Water and Wastewater Design-Build Handbook, Fourth Edition, Apportioning and Managing Project Risk, is an excellent resource on the subject of risk in collaborative delivery projects. However, the purpose of providing this more specific commentary is to share some of the risk allocating scenarios observed during the contractual process.

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Topics: risk allocation

Contingency – What is it? How is it set? And who owns it?

Posted by Mark Alpert, PE, DBIA, WDBC Executive Director on Fri, Sep 01, 2017 @ 09:19 AM

What is a contingency? The definition of contingency is one of the following:

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Topics: Collaborative Project Delivery

Managing Risks in Design-Build Delivery

Posted by Mark Alpert, PE, DBIA, WDBC Executive Director on Fri, Jun 23, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Findings in the research study of "Lessons Learned from Owners Using Design-Build Project Delivery" emphasizes that the key to successful design-build projects is an active and continuous collaboration between and owner and the selected project team.

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Topics: design-build

Managing Risks in Design-Build Delivery

Posted by Mark Alpert, PE, DBIA, WDBC Executive Director on Thu, Sep 22, 2016 @ 05:25 PM

Findings in the research study of "Lessons Learned from Owners Using Design-Build Project Delivery" emphasizes that the key to successful design-build projects is an active and continuous collaboration between and owner and the selected project team.

Read More

Topics: design-build