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George M. Nicholos

Office Location: Norfolk, VA.

Education
  • Bachelors of Environmental Design in Architecture, North Carolina State University
  • Masters of Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • J.D., Regent University
Professional & Community Activities
  • Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Institute of Architects
  • American Institute of Architects, Hampton Roads Chapter – Past Board Member and President
  • U.S. Green Building Council, Virginia, Member
  • Hampton Roads Green Building Council – Past Board Member and President
  • City of Chesapeake VA. Historic Preservation Commission,  Past Commissioner and Chairman
  • City of Chesapeake VA. Architectural Review Board, Past Commissioner 2007-2014
Notable Accomplishments
  • Registered Architect – VA
  • Green Building Council Institute – LEED Green Associate

George focuses his practice on construction law, architectural and construction issues, public contracts, and community associations.  George’s 21 years of experience as a licensed architect includes a full-range of traditional architectural professional services including project management, fee preparation, fee negotiation, field data collection, direction of consultant engineers and coordination, project design, construction estimating, preparation of construction documents, specification writing, shop drawing review and construction administration for commercial, institutional, and residential project types.

George’s extensive experience as a building forensic architect includes the analysis of a broad range of building forensic issues including building/material defects, building systems/component failure, moisture intrusion, building code violations, roof failures, settlement damage, and accessibility issues.

George received his Bachelors of Environmental Design in Architecture from the College of Design at North Carolina State University, Masters of Architecture from Georgia Institute of Technology, and his J.D. from the School of Law at Regent University.  George is a member and past President of the Hampton Roads Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and a Member of USGBC Virginia / Hampton Roads Green Building Council.

Articles
New Statutory Requirements for Condominium Inspections Following the Collapse of Champlain Towers South in Florida
/ Construction
Heightened statutory inspection and maintenance requirements in high-rise condominium buildings emphasize the critical importance of similar inspection and maintenance regimens for similarly situated properties. On June 24, 2021, Champlain Towers South, a 12-story oceanfront condominium building suddenly and unexpectedly collapsed killing 98 people.  On May 25, 2022, almost one year ...
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Accommodating Field Directions While Maintaining Good Client Relations and Guarding Against Unintended Liabilities
/ Government Contracts
During construction, the parties’ focus is often on maintaining a good working relationship. That is a valuable goal, however, it can sometimes result in parties avoiding technical requirements in their contracts, including for such things as field directions. The parties understandably want to keep the project on track, often accommodating ...
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Masks, Vaccines, and a Return to the Workplace = Continued Economic Strength in the Construction Industry
Upturn in construction activity expected; the AIA’s Architecture Billings Index through August 2021 indicates continued economic strength despite growing supply chain issues. The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) is a composite index derived from monthly report surveys from American Institute of Architects (AIA) member firms located throughout the country reporting on ...
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