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Five Common Architectural Waterproofing Design Mistakes

This is the first installment in a series of articles from our Building Envelope Group
addressing ways to improve practices in waterproofing design and construction.

Topics: Building Envelope, Waterproofing Systems, Architecture, Kirk O'Brien, Quality Assurance, Publications, Water Intrusion Investigation, Architecture Design Defect Analysis

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How California Rent Control Impacts Asset Management

Passed in September 2019 and taking effect this month, California Assembly Bill 1482 puts a cap on rental increases for apartments. For tenants’ rights and affordable housing advocates, this is seen as a major win. For apartment owners and ...

Topics: CM/Development Services, Property Owner/Manager, Apartments, Rental Property, California, Brian Hill, Law, Scott Riffenburgh, Multifamily, Publications, Real Estate Portfolio Analysis, Real Estate Asset Management

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Building Code Update: Energy Efficiency Design & Litigation Risk

For the AEC industry in California, 2020 will be a year of change. As of January 1, the 2019 California Building Standards Code (Title 24) is in effect for all new construction and renovation projects.

Topics: Architecture, Construction Forensics, California, Green Building, Energy, Title 24, Sustainability, Law, Publications

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How Better Daily Reports Put Construction Attorneys and Experts Out of Work

One thing that has certainly changed over the 30 years that I have been providing expert witness analysis and testimony on construction disputes has been the size of the files we work with. The unit of measure for case documents has evolved from the Banker’s Box ...

Topics: Construction Delay Claims, Ted Bumgardner, Construction Forensics, Testifying Expert, Construction Claims, Construction, Construction Legal Issues, Publications

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Strategic Design: How architects can utilize Market Research to ensure project success

Architects design places where people live, work and play, but their creative process isn’t done in a vacuum. It relies on input from the developer and other stakeholders, as well as their own design knowledge and experience. However, for a building project to be ...

Topics: Economics, Real Estate Development, Architecture, Market Research, Feasibility Study, Valuation, Publications, Residential Construction

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Right Materials Vital to Ensuring Building Longevity

In this industry, we know quite well that Mother Nature can be tough on buildings, even in generally temperate regions like California. The main purpose of any built structure is to shelter us from the harshest of conditions, to act as a shield against cold, heat, ...

Topics: Building Envelope, Waterproofing Systems, Architecture, Construction Forensics, Publications, Water Intrusion Investigation, Damage Assessments, Building Materials

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Construction Management Standard of Care: What Would a Reasonably Prudent CM Have Done?

At the core of most construction-related lawsuits is the plaintiff’s burden to establish the failure of the defendant to exercise reasonable care, resulting in actual damages to a person or entity that the defendant owed a duty of care.

Topics: Standard of Care Claims, Ted Bumgardner, Construction Forensics, Testifying Expert, Publications

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Tall Wood: The New Steel and Concrete

Next generation of high-rise buildings might use advanced engineered wood for structural integrity and sustainability, but what are the risks?

Topics: Architecture, Brian Hill, Building Codes and Standards, US Green Building Council, Sustainability, Scott Riffenburgh, Publications, Commercial Construction, Building Materials

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Hard to Handle: Managing Increasingly Complex Construction Claims

Through my work in construction forensics over the past 20 years, I have had a front row seat to over 1,000 construction lawsuits, claims and other disputes. From allegations over defective design, manufacture or installation, to claims of delay or cost overruns, ...

Topics: Construction Delay Claims, Construction Forensics, Construction Claims, Trends, Publications, Construction Defect Claims

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Understanding Delay Claims: Looking Beyond the CPM

First, the basics. The Critical Path Method, or CPM, is the most commonly used scheduling technique in the construction industry today, designed to minimize delays and enhance accountability, so that projects can progress most effectively and efficiently.

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Topics: Construction Delay Claims, Construction Forensics, Construction Claims, Publications

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