Construction

Construction and Government Contractors are Critical Infrastructure – Government Guidance to Contractors

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03/24/2020Mazzeo, Anthony J.

As we all continue to deal with the rapidly evolving Coronavirus/COVID-19 situation, government contractors should be aware of policy guidance issued by government and DoD leadership that may impact them. On 19 March 2020, the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Director issued guidance announcing CISA’s initial advisory list of “Essential… Read more »

Construction Project Team Considerations Regarding COVID-19

03/19/2020Lowenstein, Neil S.

Construction project impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic are far-reaching and continuing to evolve. While every project must be considered individually, below are some issues for construction project team consideration.   -Performance impact issues vary depending on the nature of the project. Moreover, public bodies, at all levels, are developing guidance that need careful monitoring and,… Read more »

Virginia DPOR Offices Closing But Taking Administrative Actions to Minimize COVID-Related Impacts.

03/18/2020Lowenstein, Neil S.

As COVID-19 continues to impact businesses, it is also impacting licensing, certification, and other credential requirements for contractors. Effective March 18, 2020, DPOR has announced that its offices at the Perimeter Center will be closed to the public, but that to minimize impact DPOR is extending the validity of licenses, certifications, and other credentials issued… Read more »

Construction Change Order: Friend or Foe

01/23/2020Nicholos, George M.

The dreaded Change Order or CO is almost unavoidable on most projects. COs commonly result because of things such as inaccurate specifications, ambiguous or inaccurate drawings, unforeseen conditions at a job site, issues with construction materials, faulty budgets or schedules, or additional requests or changes by an owner. CO logistics vary by contract, and it… Read more »

Mixed Economic News from the Construction Industry

11/25/2019Nicholos, George M.

Navigating mixed signals in the construction industry; the AIA’s Architecture Billings Index through September 2019 indicates generally flat but encouraging business conditions. Dated – No. Important – Yes. Why? The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) is a composite index derived from monthly report surveys from member firms located throughout the country reporting on activity of “work-on-the-boards.”… Read more »

Supporting Your Position: Progress and Issue Documentation is Time Well Spent

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08/14/2019Lowenstein, Neil S.

Throughout the progression of construction, various things occur that may impact the time or cost of the work. Often, you are aware of those things when they occur; but other times not until later. If you have, and – just as importantly – your field team follows, a consistent policy for documenting progress, you put… Read more »

Unintended Consequences With Modern Day Construction Documents – Typically, “The Devil is in the Details”

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07/20/2019Nicholos, George M.

Whether this well-known proverb is attributed to French Novelist Gustave Flaubert or Modernist Architect Mies van der Rohe, the meaning is likely the same; costly mistakes usually originate in the details of a project. Faced with shrinking design budgets, one of the first corners cut is usually the level of detail in construction documents. Key… Read more »

To Indemnify, Hold Harmless and Defend; Frequently Used and Frequently Misunderstood Contract Terms – Let’s Review

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06/04/2019Nicholos, George M.

Contract terms addressing indemnity and requirements to hold another harmless or responsible for the defense of another are contract terms that appear in virtually all construction contracts.  Despite their almost universal incorporation, they are frequently misunderstood! Everyday business decisions are made, and contracts incorporating these terms are signed, yet these terms are often misunderstood, not… Read more »

Richmond Attorney’s Selected for Inclusion on the 2019 Virginia Super Lawyers List

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04/29/2019Palais, Douglas M.

Vandeventer Black attorney was selected to be included on the 2019 Virginia Super Lawyers list by Thompson Reuters. This renowned rating service considers attorneys from over 70 different practice areas that are nominated based on professional accomplishments and peer recognition. Douglas M. Palais, Securities Litigation Other awarding bodies have recognized Vandeventer Black’s legal team, such… Read more »

Vandeventer Black Attorney’s Selected for Inclusion to the 2019 Virginia Super Lawyers List

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04/26/2019Vandeventer Black

Vandeventer Black attorneys were selected to be included on the 2019 Virginia Super Lawyers list by Thompson Reuters. This renowned rating service considers attorneys from over 70 different practice areas that are nominated based on professional accomplishments and peer recognition.  Also, attorneys from the Norfolk and Richmond offices received the Super Lawyers acknowledgment: Anne G…. Read more »