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Still waiting for infrastructure plan

The Trump Administration held a flurry of infrastructure related meetings last week. Lawmakers are still waiting for more details on the $1 trillion infrastructure plan that Trump touted during the campaign. There is uncertainty as to how much actual funding will be allocated to the infrastructure plan, and the President has questioned the role of … Continue reading

Hurricanes and Congressional debate on energy infrastructure

The devastation caused by hurricanes in 2017 to U.S. coastal cities and territories can only be described at this early stage of recovery as historic. The numbers and actual economic impacts in the coming months will no doubt illuminate more deeply the gravity of the situation, and will likely spark a renewed enthusiasm in the … Continue reading

What does tax reform mean for design professionals?

The answer to this question is “it depends.” What was proposed by Trump’s Administration last week in the form of a “Framework” is broadly laid out. The details will be forthcoming in the legislation that will be drafted by committees, but some of the relevant highlights for design professionals are as follows. One of the stated … Continue reading

Fall webinars open for registration

Our Fall webinar series, the Business of Design, kicks off on September 6. Read on for webinar descriptions, presenters, and registration links. Please remember that registration is limited to current insureds and brokers only. Negotiating Contracts with Clients September 6, 2017 1:00 – 2:00 pm EST Register here Through his experience in providing risk management … Continue reading

Extended reporting periods—do I need one?

Because professional liability insurance policies are written on a “claims-made and reported basis,” there is no coverage for claims once the policy has terminated or been cancelled—unless you have an extended reporting period (ERP). An ERP extends the policy to allow for the reporting of claims that are made against you during the term of … Continue reading

Outer Banks and the importance of locating underground utilities

Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands in North Carolina’s Outer Banks are currently under a mandatory evacuation order. Construction crews working on the Bonner Bridge accidentally drove a steel casing into an underground power cable. At this time it is not clear what led the contractor to make the mistake and whether the location of the underground … Continue reading

New California law and uninsured defense obligations

California recently enacted a law that appears to lessen significantly the burden of indemnity provisions in contracts governed by the state’s laws. The goal of the legislation was to remove the immediate duty by design professionals to defend public and private clients. That duty was based on the mere involvement of the design professional on a project even … Continue reading

DRBs help bring projects in on time and on budget

Dispute resolution boards (DRBs)—sometimes also referred to as dispute review boards—have been shown to significantly reduce claims and disputes on construction projects, resulting in greater cost savings for all of the stakeholders. A DRB is a panel of impartial, specifically-trained professionals formed at the beginning of a project that encourages resolution of disputes at the … Continue reading

Expected growth of autonomous electric vehicles

Victor O. Schinnerer successfully completed our First Annual Large Firm Conference last week (May 24). Josh Goldman, Senior Analyst at the Union of Concerned Scientists, gave a talk about the market growth expectations for Autonomous Electric Vehicles. Josh highlighted that renewable sources of energy (especially wind and solar) are capturing a growing share of the … Continue reading

Federal infrastructure plan to be unveiled later this year

According to U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, the Trump administration will unveil a $1 trillion infrastructure plan later this year. The announcement did not offer details of funding for projects, but according to Chao, investment will be valued at $1 trillion over 10 years. The proposal is expected to cover transportation, energy, water, and potentially … Continue reading