A Panel Discussion: An Exploration of Design-Build Opportunities and Risks
Attend in person in Chicago with lunch
Join us to hear from architects, insurance and legal professionals as we explore Architect led design-build and Contractor led design-build situations. Members of the panel will discuss design-build business fundamentals including…business structure, advantages/disadvantages, structuring/closing the deal, typical process, relationships among the parties, insurance/bonding, legal issues/solutions, contracts, common mistakes to avoid, client management, cost management, scheduling, fee assessment, communications and more. Get your questions answered during the Q&A which will be conducted during the last half-hour of the program.
Who Should Attend?
This program is intended for those interested in setting up a design build business and those interested in improving or overcoming challenges in their existing design build business.
This 2 hour seminar will cover the following four learning areas of interest pertaining to design-build projects:
1. The Architect’s services, obligations, and level of liability exposure in an Architect led design-build situation
2. The Architect’s services, obligations, and level of liability exposure in a Contractor led design-build situation
3. Professional liability insurance coverage concerns for the architect in an architect led design-build situation versus the coverage concerns for the architect working under a contractor led design-build agreement
4. A discussion of ethical requirements for the Architect’s initial decisions in disputes between the Owner and Contractor, the Architect’s estimates of the Cost of the Work, and for the Architect’s review of Contractor’s applications for payment.
James K. Zahn, Of Counsel, Bryce Downey & Lenkov LLC
Jim Zahn is a licensed attorney and architect. As a registered architect since 1971, he brings a unique depth of knowledge of the construction industry. Having chaired the Illinois Council AIA Registration and Education Task Force (1983-1988) he received the AIA’s highest state award for assisting in the revision of the Illinois Architecture Act, still the current law governing the practice of architecture in Illinois. While working for some of Chicago’s largest and most prestigious architectural firms, he was involved in all phases of the practice, including production management, specifications, technical matters and legal concerns. His efforts involved the planning and construction of several thousand architectural projects. Jim became a licensed attorney representing architects in 1990. His understanding of both the legal and architecture professions gives him a unique insight that few other attorneys offer clients.
Patrick Harris, Founder/Chairman, Harris Architects
Harris Architects, Inc. has a four-decade history of intellectual capital and comprehensive understanding of the intersection of the arts, business, construction, development, and local government. The company practices the holistic architectural approach, from conception to completion. Experienced licensed senior architects and project managers provide daily supervision and quality control over all projects. Harris Architects is known for Office, Retail, Healthcare, and Industrial projects and has been performing owner developer and contractor initiated design/build services since 1976.
Robert Soos, Vice President, Soos Architects and President, Architectural Development Corp.
Soos Architects provides the lead role in architectural design, and construction related services for private and public sector clients across the United States. Services include full range architecture and construction administration, site survey and analysis, coordination and design of MEP systems, construction coordination and cost estimates, and representation at building and zoning hearings.
Tom Harkins, Principal, Client Services, Willis Towers Watson
Tom is a recognized expert on risk management issues affecting architects and engineers as well as project risk management. Tom has close to twenty years of experience within the AE industry where he differentiates himself by being a true advocate to his architect and engineer clients. In addition to developing insurance programs tailored to his clients’ needs, Tom personally provides his clients with risk management training and education, contract review as well as negotiation services and general consultation services. In addition Tom is also active within Industry associations where he serves on the National board for the Association of Licensed Architects and is on the Contracts and Risk Management Committees for ACEC.
Approved by ALA and AIA for 2.0 LU in HSW.
In Person with Lunch Program Cost: $25 Members / $30 Non-Members