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Substantial and Final Completion of Construction Projects

Understand the legal implications of substantial versus final completion and how to properly close out a project.The terms "substantial completion" and "final completion" or "completion" are terms of art in construction. They have generally understood meanings, although they are the subject of contract and law. These terms can mean different things in different contexts such as the warranty, payment and mechanic's lien contexts. Owners, contractors, subcontractors and construction lenders need to understand how to properly close out a project, including the various steps required to achieve these major milestones, and the legal implications of substantial versus final completion, particularly when it comes to payment rights. This topic is designed to demystify these concepts in practical terms.
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Why the Terms Substantial and Final Completion Are Important
  • What Do the Terms Substantial and Final Construction Mean
  • Completion Means Different Things in Different Contexts
    • Payment
    • Release of Retention
    • Warranty
    • Mechanics' Liens
The AIA Approach to Substantial and Final Completion
  • Terms Defined
  • Key Contract Provisions
  • Payment Implications
  • When Does the Warranty Period Start
How to Determine When a Project Is Substantially or Finally Complete
  • Owner Occupancy as a Measuring Stick
  • When Punch Work Remains
  • Project Closeout Records
  • The Closeout Process
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  • Arizona CLE 1.5
     
  • CA MCLE 1.5
     
  • CT CLE 1.5
     
  • HI CLE 1.5
     
  • ME CLE 1.5
     
  • MT CLE 1.5
     
  • NJ CLE 1.8
     
  • NV CLE 1.5
     
  • VT CLE 1.5
     
  • WA CLE 1.5
     
  • 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 does NOT qualify, nor meet the National Standard for NASBA accreditation.

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  • Arizona CLE 1.5
     
  • CA MCLE 1.5
     
  • CT CLE 1.5
     
  • HI CLE 1.5
     
  • ME CLE 1.5
     
  • MT CLE 1.5
     
  • NJ CLE 1.8
     
  • NV CLE 1.5
     
  • VT CLE 1.5
     
  • WA CLE 1.5
     
  • 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 does NOT qualify, nor meet the National Standard for NASBA accreditation.

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Robert G. Campbell

Robert G. Campbell

Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP

  • Partner in the California law firm Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP and has practiced construction law for 34 years
  • His clients are project owners, EPC and other prime contractors, construction managers, lenders, subcontractors, and other project participants in disputes ranging broadly in size and sophistication on both public and private works
  • Among the claims categories he resolves are scope of work disputes, design professional liability, delay, acceleration, disruption, productivity, lien and bond enforcement, disputed change orders, defective work, terminations, differing site conditions, licensing, and bid protests
  • Has been recognized as a leading construction lawyer: Recommended Attorney, Real Estate - Construction, Legal 500 USA, 2017-2018; Who's Who Legal: Construction, 2017-2019; Southern California Super Lawyers, 2012-2019
  • J.D. degree, USC; B.A. degree, UCLA
  • Can be contacted at 310-284-2259 or [email protected]
Bryan Forbes

Bryan Forbes

Primus Consultants

  • President of Primus Consultants and an experienced claim analyst and expert witness in the construction field
  • His industry experience includes heavy civil works construction projects, commercial projects and residential; this extensive hands-on field experience provides the foundation of his ability as a claim analyst and expert witness
  • Has testified more than 60 times as an expert witness on a variety of project types, including transportation, mass excavation, commercial structures, infrastructure and residential buildings
  • Participated in numerous negotiation sessions between owners and contractors, as well as between contractors and subcontractors
  • As a testimonial expert, he has developed exceptional presentation skills that allow for concise and clear delivery of opinions and findings in all venue types
  • B.S. degree in civil engineering, U.C. Irvine
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Product ID: 406210
Published 2020
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