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Bad Plans and Specifications: A Contractor's Perspective

Learn practical tips to keep your head (and pocketbook) above water.Plans and specifications are the roadmap for the construction of any project: they instruct the contractor what to build. Clear and error-free plans and specifications provide a project with the best chance of success. Unfortunately, when the plans and specifications for the project are deficient, defective and/or contradictory, there is a strong likelihood of project failure or delay. Then, the parties will look to one another to not only determine how to complete the project, but also to see who will pay for the cost overruns and damages for delayed completion. This topic will identify what you can best do to keep the project moving while protecting yourself from some of the pitfalls and costly damages that can result from patent or latent problems with the plans and specifications. The information will point out how to identify your responsibilities and avoid creating additional liabilities.


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The Role of the Parties to a Construction Project: Initial Responsibilities to or For the Plans and Specifications

  • Architect's Responsibility to Provide 'Buildable' Plans and Specifications
  • Masterformat Specification Divisions
  • Plan Sheet Organization
  • Owner's Liability for the Plans and Specifications
  • Contractor Responsibility to Build in Accordance With the Plans and Specifications
  • Just Plain Not 'Buildable' as Shown
  • As the Architect Intended

The Pre-Bid, Bid or Negotiation Process

  • What Is Included in the Bid/Bid Package
  • The Expectations and Obligations Prior to Bidding
  • Some of the Pitfalls in the Pre-Bid Review
  • The Liabilities Arising From the Bid
  • Negotiated Contracts With the Owner

Contractual and Implied Liabilities Surrounding the Plans and Specifications

  • Interplay Between Certain Provisions of the AIA Documents and the Plans and Specifications
  • Doctrine - Protections and Pitfalls
  • Potential Noncontractual Obligations or Representations

Documenting Your Claims or Defenses

  • Notice Requirements
  • Documentary Evidence
  • Practical Concerns
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  • Arizona CLE 1.5
     
  • CA MCLE 1.5
     
  • CT CLE 1.5
     
  • HI CLE 1.5
     
  • IL CLE 1.5
     
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  • WV MCLE 1.8
     
The CLE Code is ONLY a requirement when applying for CLE Credit in California (for participatory credit), Kansas, New Jersey or New York. Other states do not need to supply the CLE Code to apply for CLE credit.

This program format does NOT qualify, nor meet the National Standard for NASBA accreditation.

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Elizabeth L. Gordon

Elizabeth L. Gordon

Shields | Mott LLP

  • Partner with Shields | Mott LLP in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practices construction/surety law and commercial litigation
  • Conducts regular seminars and workshops on numerous topics, including Federal and Louisiana construction law, lien law, construction defect insurance law, and surety and insurance law
  • Author of several publications related to the areas of construction and surety law
  • J.D. degree, Loyola University School of Law; B.S. and A.B. degrees, Tulane University
  • Membership of numerous organizations including: American Bar Association (Fidelity and Surety); Federal Bar Association; Surety Claims Institute and National Bond Claims Association
  • Can be contacted at 504-581-4445 or [email protected]
Lloyd N. Shields

Lloyd N. Shields

Shields | Mott LLP

  • Partner in the New Orleans law firm of Shields | Mott LLP
  • Practice areas primarily include construction litigation, surety law, business, technical, products liability, copyright, trademark and patent cases, and alternative dispute resolution
  • Represents clients in federal and state courts in judge trials and jury trials, on district and appellate levels, and in mediations and arbitrations
  • Admitted to practice before all federal and state courts in Louisiana, various other federal courts, and the United States Supreme Court
  • Written and lectured extensively on construction law, alternative dispute resolution and related topics to a variety of professional groups
  • Handled hundreds of construction cases covering virtually every aspect of building construction and design
  • Member of the Construction Arbitration Panel and Construction Mediation Panel of the American Arbitration Association, a member of the American Arbitration Association national board of directors, and of the Louisiana State and American Bar Associations
  • Named a Super Lawyer in Louisiana Super Lawyers in the field of construction/surety
  • M.Arch. and J.D. degrees, Tulane University
  • Can be contacted at 504-581-4445 or [email protected]
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Published 2017
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