Litigation update: Arbitration issues

Standard-form contracts used in the construction industry specifically reference the possible use of arbitration, although the parties may have to check a box on a form to make this the final dispute resolution process. Every year, several reported construction cases revolve around whether arbitration is required; this article examines...
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Embracing the CDT certification

Change has always been a constant in architecture and construction, but its pace is accelerating. Successfully keeping up with all the latest developments is contingent on how quickly we adapt in an environment buffeted by forces largely beyond our control.
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Avoiding mistakes with radon

As an odorless, colorless gas, radon is often overlooked and underestimated, but it has potentially fatal consequences when left unmanaged. It is a radioactive gas believed to be the leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers, and has also recently been linked with blood cancer in women.
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Post-bid interview strategy

The doctrine of privity in the common law of contract protects architects and engineers from lawsuits by contractors by requiring that for one party to sue another, there must be a contract between them. However, recent developments in tort law have weakened this defense by providing a path for...
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Framed (in concrete)

Repairing and restoring historic concrete often involves dealing with concealed conditions contributing to distress. This 1920s Pacific Northwest building features cast-in-place concrete façades finished with facing mortar.
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Documenting steel’s impacts with EPDs

Sustainability and environmental issues are becoming more prominent and widely acknowledged. As a result, leading industries are being more transparent about potential environmental impacts of their products to meet the public’s increasing demand for environmentally responsible materials.
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Finding the Fifth C: Collaborative

If you are familiar with CSI, or architectural specifications in general, you may recognize the Four Cs. According to the Construction Product Representative Practice Guide, they represent the pillars of effective communication of construction specifications.
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