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Construction Contracting for the Owner – Parties to a Construction Project

  This is part 1 of our series on Construction Contracting for the owner.  Once you have decided to begin a construction project, whether this project is a reroof, concrete restoration, painting, repaving or anything else, there are generally 3 main groups involved. The first of these groups is the owner. The owner is the person or entity on whose behalf the work is being done. The types of owners range from an individual, development entity, hotel, condominium association, homeowner's association or a governmental agency.  Although the owner may be using a bank to finance the construction, the owner is the party generally responsible for ensuring payment to the other 2 groups. The second group is generally the design professionals. This group consists of the engineer or architect hired by the owner to prepare any drawings or specifications for the work to be done.  In larger projects, the owner may contract with an Architect who then hires various subconsultants (geotechnical engineer, structural...

Construction Contracting for the Owner

Whether new construction, renovations or repairs, as an owner you have decided to begin a construction project.   Before you start any work some basic questions must be answered: What are you trying to accomplish?  What is your budget?  What type of warranties are you receiving?  I will attempt to outline some of these issues in a new weeklu series on construction contracting for the owner.  The series will consist of the following topics:  1. Parties to a construction project 2. The Owner - Design Professional relationship 3. The Owner - Contractor relationship 4. Scope of work 5. Types of contracts 6. Essential Terms of construction contracts 7. Closing out the project If you are an owner, and that may be an individual, hotel, condominium or homeowner's association, I hope that you will be able to take some valuable information away from this series as you begin your construction project.  ...

Getting Started in Public Procurement

Contractors looking for work in these tough times should keep public projects in mind. If you are not familiar with the public procurement or "bidding" process, knowing the basics will help in getting started. Most public agencies have standard policies and procedures for advertising and awarding contracts. The first step is identifying the public agencies that need your services. From there, you will need to determine how the agency advertises its projects, and the terms and conditions for the particular project.

In Florida, there are layers of government, all of which advertise and award construction work. The tricky part is that these agencies all have their own requirements. For example, State agencies such as the Florida Department of Transportation, may be subject to the requirements of statutes and administrative regulations that may not be applicable to local government agencies. In other words, public procurement in the State of Florida is not a "one size fits all" process. For local governments, including counties and municipalities, there may be purchasing ordinances and policies that apply to the particular agency. Determining what the process is for the agency you are interested in doing work for is critical.

Lender Beware, Part III

A lender who becomes the seller of new homes acquired from his defaulting builder or developer may be exposed to liability for construction defects whether or not the lender actively participated in any aspect of the original construction....