Search Results for: General Conditions

Webinar: Force Majeure & Differing Site Conditions

About Scott Jennings, P.E. facilitates a live 2-hour webinar and Q&A with attorney Scott Batterman, Esq. of Clay Chapman Iwamura Pulice & Nervell, Attorneys at Law from Honolulu, Hawaii to address one of the hottest topics now in the construction industry:   Force Majeure due to COVID-19 And also because many […]

Using a Static Indirect Bid Item in your Bids

Executive Summary Create a static bid item in all of your bids to serve as a checklist for indirect costs – both jobsite and corporate indirects! The bid items in a job. Whether you make up the bid items in your proposal, or the client gives them to you, or […]

Delay Letter: A Template & How to Write One

Executive Summary As a contractor, the notification of delay is critical. Here are the important ingredients to a delay letter. Why do I need one? Say you’re on a project and you are losing time – you are delayed. If it’s your fault, you better catch up. If it’s someone […]

Contract Mapping: A Valuable Tool in Your Toolbox

Executive Summary Contract interpretation can be difficult for a construction professional. Contracts are comprised of thousands of words and hundreds of paragraphs. Consider “contract mapping” to help quickly guide you through a contract. Give me numbers, not words. Most construction professionals are technically minded and/or visually geared. This is to […]

Mistaken Taboo: Project Overhead

Executive summary. Field overhead carries different names with different contractors and owners. Discussed here is what field overhead is, and why it’s important for owners to understand. Project estimation. When a construction project is estimated, a good estimate will be one that captures all costs related to a project. These costs include, […]

What Information Governs: Order of Precedence

Executive summary. As a construction professional in the field, when information conflicts between plans and specifications, you should immediately seek the order of precedence section of your contract for guidance. What is order of precedence? In a construction project, the contractor is directed on the makeup of the final product […]

Changes in the 2017 AIA A201/A101/A401 Documents

Executive Summary: Probably the most common construction contract documents in use in America are the AIA (American Institute of Architects) documents. The A101/A201 for Owner-General Contractor and the A401 for General Contractor-Subcontractor were both reissued in 2017. See some of the substantive changes here. What are the changes? I recently […]

Bidding out a Civil Construction Project: Part I

Letting, or bidding out, a civil construction project can be a challenge for an Owner. Questions inexperienced owners may have involved choosing an engineer, what sort of contract to use, how to collect bids from contractors, and finally how to manage the construction of the contract. In this two-part series, in Part […]

Pre-Bid Questioning to the Owner or Yourself

Executive Summary Many challenges in a project can be flushed out in the pre-bid phase with clear and concise questioning to the Owner. Consider these questions as a part of your bidding procedure. The Bidding Procedure The procedure’s quite simple: there’s an advertisement phase, an estimating phase, and then the […]

Bid Day: You Better Honor Your Bid, Mr. Subcontractor

Executive Summary As a general contractor you can rely on your subcontractor’s bid on bid day as a binding agreement. But not in all states. Read on to learn about protection granted by the Doctrine of Promissory Estoppel.  Call Your Attorney  I’m not a lawyer, and I don’t know what […]

Webinar: Construction Insurance & Bonding during COVID-19

About An overview and Q&A on how the current pandemic conditions are impacting construction insurance and bonding. How the pandemic will impact a business’ insurance and bonding will vary depending on the role your business plays in the construction industry. General trends are already appearing, so join us for a […]

Notice: Writing the Letter

Executive summary. There’s almost nothing more important than notifying your client, in accordance with the Contract, of a time and/or cost impact. Learn how to do it here. What is “notice” and why is it so important? If you had a contractor working on your home and on the presumed […]

Avoid Claims with a Pre-Bid Analysis

In a best case scenario, a construction claim will make the contractor financially whole again on the matter. In a worst case scenario, the contractor goes out of business. Most claims conclude somewhere in between with all parties unhappy.

About Us

    Doug Idedi@sjcivil.comCV Doug is a seasoned construction professional with nearly 40 years of experience with a variety of projects including cogeneration plants, power generation plants, water and wastewater treatment plants, pump stations, and manufacturing facilities. His career began as a field engineer and exceptional performance led to promotions […]

The Construction Daily Report: Why & What

The importance of the daily report cannot be overstated. Knowing whyto write them and whatto put in the report is critical for defense of yourself, and offense against another party.

Some Basic Analysis Techniques in Claim Preparation

Executive Summary: A claim is made because a contractor has lost money and/or time on a project. The method is chosen by the contractor to substantiate these costs can vary. Some popular methods of calculating cost are presented. What and why do I have a claim? In a perfect world, and […]

Construction Contract Review Basics

Executive Summary:  Each day we hand contracts down to our subs or we are signing contracts down from Owners or General Contractors.  Know some of the basics of what to look for here. What is and when will I ever use a Contract?  A contract is a laying out of […]

What’s a Banking Covenant?

Executive Summary: What are banking covenants? Banking covenants are conditions put upon a borrower by the bank. Although they can be general in nature, they often are quantitative. Some typical covenants are listed here. What sort of loan? In the construction industry, there’s all sorts of loans: line of credit, […]

Award Reversed Because of No Expert Testimony

Executive Summary:  A Washington concrete contractor, Salinas Construction, Inc. (SCI), was awarded $404,000 of its requested $425,000 for a job at U.S. Army Joint Base Lewis-McChord only to see this decision reversed in district court.  The problem was that SCI did not offer expert testimony, despite warnings that it was […]

Best Way to Save Money is to Not Spend It

Executive Summary: When in a changed condition situation, the best way to minimize loss or to survive, depending on the case, is not to spend less, it’s to not spend at all. Take advantage of situations where you can spend zero. We’re going down. We’ve all been in a situation […]

The Engineer Was Negligent

As published in Civil Engineering, February 2017  Click for PDF The Law in the June 2016 issue ( “Engineer Found Negligent for Not Verifying Product Data,” page 92) discussed a legal case in which a contractor installed an en­gineer-specified rain tank that later failed, causing financial damage to the project owner. […]

Claim Preparation & Support

CONSTRUCTION CLAIMS SJ Construction Consulting, LLC (SJCC) represents both owners and contractors. We have been involved in many claims concerning matters of scope creep, design errors/omissions, extended performance, corporate office overhead, and production inefficiencies caused by overtime, acceleration, and cumulative impact. We assist in any way possible in the dispute resolution […]