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Determining Entitlement for Construction Change Orders


Ensure the change order process works well for you and your team.

With the new infrastructure bill, the amount of construction across the country is about to explode. More funding means more projects. And with that, you and your team will face even more of what is a common issue on nearly all construction projects...change orders. Some change orders are relatively straightforward, while others may be more complex to evaluate. Either way, determining whether a change order should be granted is all about entitlement. Having a fundamental understanding of what a change to a contract is and how your contract determines whether there is entitlement to recover for that change is crucial for dealing with this explosion in construction work.
This course will instruct both the owner and contractor side how to ensure the change order process works well for them and their teams. For owners, this material will provide you with core contract interpretation principles and detail what a contractor must do, by contract, to recover for a claimed change. From a contractor's perspective, the one thing you can do to ensure you're in the best position to have your change order approved is to provide a clear and persuasive explanation to the owner for why you are entitled to recover for that change. This material will give you those tools.



Bill Haydt, Esq.

Bill Haydt, Esq.

Trauner Consulting Services, Inc.

  • Director, Shareholder at Trauner Consulting Services, Inc.
  • Qualified as an expert in construction scheduling, delay analysis, and damages
  • Expertise lies in the areas of construction claims preparation and evaluation, development and review of critical path method (CPM) schedules, delay analysis, training, and dispute resolution
  • Certified and award-winning instructor for Federal Highway Administration’s National Highway Institute courses, including Managing Highway Contract Claims: Analysis and Avoidance, and has provided CPM scheduling services to contractors and owners on a variety of projects, including bridge, highway, educational, and hotel projects
  • Presented seminars, webinars, and construction claims-related presentations for private firms and public agencies across the country
  • Member of the Pennsylvania Bar
  • J.D. degree, Temple University, James E. Beasley School of Law; B.A. degree in civil engineering and architectural engineering, Drexel University
  • Can be contacted at [email protected] or 215-814-6400

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