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The primary focus of this text is to provide a bridge for students between the academic world and the real world. This bridge is built through an understanding of what is law, how law is created, how law affects almost every activity of human conduct, and how legal institutions operate. Intended mainly for architectural and engineering students, but increasingly for those in business schools and law schools, this text features a clear, concise, and jargon-free presentation. It probes beneath the surface of legal rules and uncovers why these rules developed as they did, outlines arguments for and against these rules, and examines how they work in practice. Updated with the most recent developments in the legal aspects of architectural, engineering, and the construction processes, this text is also a valuable reference for practitioners and has been cited in over twenty-five court decisions. A new 2017 Update includes the latest changes regarding relevant industry associations, regulations, and codes of ethics. The supplement includes hard copies of AIA B101-2017; A101-2017; A101-2017, Exhibit A; and A201-2017. The book’s website has AIA A401-2017; EJCC C-520, C-700, and E-500; and the American Arbitration Association (AAA) Construction Industry Arbitration Rules.
- Chapters are now grouped into parts according to major themes to easier facilitate student's understanding of book organization.
- Each chapter now starts with an overview section to amplify understanding of the chapter's purpose.
- Much of the material has been reorganized, streamlined, and/or updated.
- New topics include the employer-employee relationship; the dual employer doctrine; and independent contractors. In addition, discussion of workers' compensation is moved to this chapter.
- Expanded discussion of: acceptance by communication; E-sign; and regulation of contracts entered into by homeowners.
- Updated discussion of tort history and greatly expanded discussion of the independent contractor rule and the economic loss doctrine.
- Includes two new topics within the Environmental law discussion: the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act.
- New discussion of "green" or sustainable design.
- New materials on alternatives to competitive bidding.
- Provides the legal backdrop against which engineers and architects must perform professional services.
- Describes the alternatives for performing design professional services and methods of formalizing the agreed upon services.
- Concentrates on new provisions in the standard documents published by the AIA and EJCDC (included in the Appendixes).
- Many illustrations of how the legal rules operate are provided through summaries of actual cases and the reproduction of some cases.
- Compensation issues are addressed, whether for design professionals (highlighting the distinction between basic and additional services) or for construction companies, including unlicensed contractors.
- Understandable text that highlights recurring issues such as extras, allocation of responsibility during construction among the major actors, resolution of disputes and termination.
- Familiarizes students with industry practices, dispute avoidance practices, and alternative dispute resolution.
- Addresses alternative project delivery methods: construction management, design/build, lean project delivery, project alliance, program management, project alliance and building information modeling.
- The book covers the "stigma" effect of defective construction, green or sustainability design and construction, "new home warranty" and the "right to cure" laws.
- Includes instructions for non-legal students and non-lawyers on how to properly cite case decisions.
1. Sources Of Law: Varied And Dynamic.
2. The American Judicial System: A Forum For Dispute Resolution.
3. Forms Of Business Association: Organizing To Accomplish Objectives.
4. Agency And Employment.
5. Contracts: From Formation To Breach.
6. Torts: Legal Relations Not Arising From Contract.
7. Restrictions On Ownership: Land Use Controls And Environmental Law.
PART B: THE MAIN ACTORS: THE PRIME CONTRACTOR AND DESIGN PROFESSIONAL.
8. Introduction To The Construction Process: Focus On The Prime Contractor And Regulatory Framework.
9. Licensing Of The Design Professional And Contractor.
10. The Design Professional – Client Relationship.
11. Design Professional Liability.
12. Defenses To Claims Of Design Professional Liability.
13. Intellectual Property: Ideas, Copyrights, Patents And Trade Secrets.
PART C: PROJECT DELIVERY METHODS.
14. Project Delivery Variations.
15. Public Contracts.
PART D: PERFORMANCE DISPUTES: FROM DESIGN TO TERMINATION.
16. Performance Disputes Overview: Claims And Defenses To Liability For The Owner And Prime Contractor.
17. Construction Contracts And Rules Of Contract Interpretation.
18. Changes: Complex Construction Centerpiece.
19. Payment: Money Flow As Lifeline.
20. Subsurface Problems: Predictable Uncertainty.
21. Time: Project Scheduling And Delay Claims.
22. Dispute Remedies: Damages.
23. The Subcontracting Process: An "Achilles Heel".
24. Terminating A Construction Contract: Sometimes Necessary But Always Costly.
PART F: RISK MANAGEMENT AND DISPUTE RESOLUTION.
25. Risk Management: Indemnity And Insurance.
26. Risk Management: Surety Bonds Backstopping Contractors.
27. Dispute Resolution Outside Of Litigation: Contractual Claims Process, Arbitration And Other Dispute Resolution Methods.
"One should start by saying that this book has attained the status as the "gold standard" of books on construction law. It is, perhaps, the most widely used college text on the subject and is one of the most widely used reference works for construction industry professionals…. The book should be a highly valued part of every construction professional's library."
"This book's annotated cases are its strongest feature. They are excellent and provide outstanding explanations of the case, the participants, the court and the evidence. They are outstanding."