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Construction Request for Information (RFI) Fundamentals

Understand the value and importance of Requests for Information (RFIs).

Many federal contractors are overwhelmed with 60-90 pages of form contracts layered with owner/GC contracts to create telephone directory sized mazes, for those of you old enough to remember telephone directories, on a project that you must sign on the last page. This material will show you a useful tool, the Request for Information, which is a common form in the trade and as well as a formal form to gain some help in better understanding problem areas or potential problem areas both before bidding and after award of a contract. This topic discusses better ways to write an RFI and some poor means of how to administer or submit an RFI which can diminish the effectiveness of an RFI.

Learning Objectives

  • You will be able to define an RFI in a construction/building environment compared to other requests for data typically found in construction/building projects.
  • You will be able to the advantages and disadvantages of using RFIs on a construction/building project.
  • You will be able to recognize an opportunity to use RFIs to make your project progress as optimal as you can.
  • You will be able to review what some court decisions noted the role of RFIs in deciding controversies involving building projects.

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Agenda

Know What an RFI Is Compared to Other Construction Oriented Request Forms

What Are the Advantages of an RFI?

The Disadvantages of an RFI

Suggestion to Make an RFI Optimal

Review of Court Decisions Which Call Attention to RFIs

Leveraging RFI and Related Contract Documentation

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This course was last revised on January 17, 2020.

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Hal A. Emalfarb, Esq.

Hal A. Emalfarb, Esq.

Emalfarb, Swan & Bain

  • Partner in Emalfarb, Swan and Bain founded in 1978
  • Practice emphasizes construction law and settling multi-party claims and disputes contract modification, termination by default or agreement, federal, state and bankruptcy litigation
  • Conducts regular publications, web content, seminars and workshops for contractors, developers and manufacturers with nationwide legal disputes
  • Author of several publications related to the areas of construction law; notably Illinois Construction Law by McGraw Hill and the Construction Law Treatise by Mathew Bender for the chapters for Termination and Modification of Contracts; and co-authored the Builders' Association of Chicago, a chapter of Associated General Contractors publication on Waivers of Lien
  • Contributor to www.mechanicslien.com a reference for education that provides the initial statutory steps for the construction industry to comply with the lien law deadlines for all 50 states
  • Settled thousands of construction disputes for public, private and federal projects
  • J.D. degree, Loyola University School of Law, Chicago; B.A. degree in political science, University of Iowa
Thomas B. Salzer, Esq.

Thomas B. Salzer, Esq.

  • Associate in construction boutique construction litigation law firm, Philadelphia
  • Corporate lawyer/general counsel of a construction subsidiary of Fortune 500 company
  • Part owner/general counsel of a regional glass/glazing design, manufacturing & installation company
  • Commercial mediator in mid-Atlantic region for 25 years
  • Mediation and arbitration newsletter chief editor for ten years for Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • J.D. degree, Catholic University; M.S. degree in water resources/civil engineering, University of Michigan; B.S. degree in chemical engineering, Tufts University
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Published 2020
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