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Responding as a professional to a natural disaster

During times of emergency, like the recent flooding in South Carolina, design professionals typically have been willing to volunteer their services to assist in protecting public health and safety and to provide immediate services to aid in recovery efforts. Such volunteer efforts, or any immediate response efforts involving a limited scope of services during the … Continue reading

Cuban asset control regulations modified to ease transactions

On September 21st, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) amended the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) to implement additional revisions consistent with the policy changes announced by President Obama in December 2014. According to the Treasury Department, the changes “are intended to further engage and empower the Cuban people by … Continue reading

2013 Philadelphia building collapse

Many of you may remember the collapse of a partially demolished building into a Salvation Army thrift store that killed 6 people and injured 14 in Philadelphia on June 5, 2013. The criminal trial against the demolition contractor is currently underway. He is charged with 6 counts of third-degree murder in addition to other charges … Continue reading

New ASHRAE standards attempt to control Legionnaires’ disease

Outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease in New York City, San Quentin State Prison in Northern California, and a veterans home in Illinois have been in the news recently. More outbreaks are likely to follow, as are claims against design professionals (especially mechanical engineers) who may have past involvement with these projects. Last month, the New York … Continue reading