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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.

Runtime: 90 minutes
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Agenda

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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Applications have not yet been submitted for Delaware, Idaho, Kentucky, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Wyoming CLE for this course. However, if you are interested in obtaining CLE for any of the listed states or have any additional credit questions please email us at [email protected] or call us at 866-352-9540.

This course was last revised on January 15, 2020.

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  • AK CLE 1.5
     
  • Alaska attorneys may receive 1.5 hours of continuing legal education for completing this program. Please contact the Alaska Bar Association or go to www.alaskabar.org for details regarding reciprocity with other states.
     
  • AL CLE 1.5
     
  • This course or a portion thereof has been approved by the Alabama State Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission for a maximum of 1.5 hours credit.
     
  • AR CLE 1.5
     
  • This course has been approved for 1.5 hours of CLE by the Arkansas CLE Board.
     
  • Arizona CLE 1.5
     
  • The Arizona State Bar does not pre-approve or pre-certify MCLE programs. However, records of this program and attendance will be maintained by Lorman Education Services for auditing purposes. This activity may qualify for up to 1.5 hours toward your annual CLE requirement for the State Bar of Arizona.
     
  • CA MCLE 1.5
     
  • Lorman Business Center, LLC. is a State Bar of California approved MCLE sponsor and this course qualifies for 1.5 CLE hours of participatory credit.
     
  • CT CLE 1.5
     
  • Neither the Connecticut Judicial Branch nor the Commission on Minimum Continuing Legal Education approve or accredit CLE providers or activities. This course has been approved for CLE credit in jurisdictions aside from CT and therefore it automatically meets the content and delivery requirements in Connecticut. Credit is based on a 60 minute credit hour and shall be awarded as follows: 1.5 CLE credit(s).
     
  • HI CLE 1.5
     
  • This program was approved by the Hawaii State Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.5 CLE credit hours.
     
  • IL CLE 1.5
     
  • This course was approved for a total of 1.5 hours of MCLE Credit by the Illinois MCLE Board.
     
  • ME CLE 1.5
     
  • This course has been approved by the State of Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar. Lawyers who complete this course shall receive 1.5 hours of CLE credit under M. Bar R. 12.
     
  • MT CLE 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Montana Commission of Continuing Legal Education for a total of 1.5 CLE credits.
     
  • ND CLE 1.5
     
  • North Dakota CLE policy does not allow for pre-approval of any self-study courses. This course may qualify for up to 1.5 hours of CLE credit.
     
  • NH MCLE 1.5
     
  • NH MCLE does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the NH Minimum CLE requirement. Lorman Education Services believes this Ondemand course meets the requirement of NH Supreme Court Rule 53 and may qualify for CLE credit(s). Program Length: 90 Minutes.
     
  • NJ CLE 1.8
     
  • This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 1.8 hours of total CLE credit.
     
  • NV CLE 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Nevada Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.5 CLE hours.
     
  • PA CLE 1.5
     
  • This Distance Learning program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 1.5 hours of substantive law, practice and procedure CLE credit.
     
  • RI CLE 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Rhode Island Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission for 1.5 hours of CLE credit.
     
  • TN CLE 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved as a distance learning format by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education for a maximum of 1.5 hours of credit.
     
  • VT CLE 1.5
     
  • This self-study program has been approved by the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board of Vermont for 1.5 hour(s) of CLE credit. Please note: Attorneys may only claim 6 credits per compliance period in this format. This course is considered "Non-Moderated Programming without Interactivity".
     
  • WA CLE 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Washington State Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.5 hours of A/V credit under the Law & Legal Procedure category.
     
  • WI CLE 1.5
     
  • This program qualifies for 1.5 hour(s) of ondemand CLE through the WI Board of Bar Examiners.
     
  • WV MCLE 1.8
     
  • This program has been approved by the West Virginia State Bar MCLE Commission for 1.8 MCLE hours.
     
  • ICC 0.15
     
  • Lorman Education Services is an International Code Council Preferred Provider. This event is approved for 0.15 CEU's through ICC.
     

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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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Faculty

Robert G. Campbell

Robert G. Campbell

Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP

  • Partner in the California law firm of Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP
  • Has practiced construction law for 34 years
  • 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: Who's Who Legal: Construction, 2017-2020; Southern California Super Lawyers, 2012-2020; recommended attorney, real estate - construction, Legal 500 USA, 2017-2019
  • 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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