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A clear, concise introduction to construction law for professionals

Construction Law: An Introduction for Engineers, Architects, and Contractors offers a comprehensive review of the U.S. legal environment, focusing on the legal concepts and issues applicable to the design and construction industries. Topics covered include:

  • Basic legal principles
  • Project participants
  • Project delivery systems
  • Construction contracts
  • The design process
  • Procurement
  • Pricing construction projects
  • Subcontractors and suppliers
  • Time for performance
  • Construction scheduling
  • Contract administration
  • The payment process
  • Changes to the work
  • Differing site conditions
  • Termination of the construction contract
  • Mechanic's liens
  • Construction insurance
  • Surety bonds
  • Liability for defective construction
  • Calculations of damages
  • The Economic Loss Doctrine
  • Alternative dispute resolution

This book serves as an excellent introduction to construction law for students as well as professionals in the construction industry.

About the Author

Gail S. Kelley is a Professional Engineer and LEED Accredited Professional as well as a licensed attorney in Maryland and the District of Columbia. Gail has an extensive background in design and construction having worked in construction management, structural design, and structural evaluation.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: RSMeans; 1 edition (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118229037
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118229033
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #980,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rob VINE VOICE on April 19, 2013
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I requested a review copy because we're involved in a complicated construction project that seems to keep getting bigger and hairier. While this book was overkill for my needs it did give me a start in several key areas that were causing our insurer fits and made it much easier to discuss the important points with the attorneys and our builder: I ended up knowing more than he did. This book is NOT intended for laymen but even for us it's a great way to get up to speed.
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If you have ever wondered about the details of how a construction project is handled with contracts, this book is a straightforward and non-legalistic read. Given the amount of money involved in most projects, it is not surprising that many guidelines and legal cases have arisen over the many stages of involvement.

This starts with a lender considering making a loan to an owner of a property site, where the owner wants to use the loan to hire a contractor to build on the site. A common precaution from the standpoint of the lender is to require that it approves the owner's contracts with the contractor and the architect. One consideration is how the lender's loan stands in relation to any other creditors that the owner might have, where in practice the owner will indeed have those creditors.

One recent trend discussed is that a building qualify for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design [LEED]. An owner might require that the contractor build to that specification. The book refrains from delving into whether this makes economic sense, leaving that to the judgment of specific projects and the assessment by an owner.

Unsurprisingly, scheduling of the project is another major topic of the book. A project would initially draw up a schedule. Then periodically the actual stages reached in the project are compared to this timeline. The idea of resource levelling is raised. Where it is usually desirable to maintain a constant level of material and labour usage throughout the project, as being more efficient than having some periods of high usage.

Many other areas arise in the narrative. All part of the project's scope and all of these you should be aware of, as an owner or contractor.
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Without a doubt, the BEST law book I've ever read. This is right up there with Ed McGovern on international trade law. The writing is clear; the taxonomy inspired. Author takes a complex subject, breaks it down into logical pieces and explains the interplay of federal and state law illustrating throughout with controlling legal decisions. Tricky distinctions between legal doctrines, such as quantum meruit, unjust enrichment and betterment, are lucidly explained. I finally understand what's behind the ambiguity in judgments concerning economic loss recovery. This is a must-read for anyone puzzling over U.S. law particularly U.S. contract law - a must-read for all of us who are struggling with epidemic building failure, such as B.C.'s ongoing leaky condo crisis, and the multitude of construction defects post-completion that seems to be the new normal in construction practice. This book reveals the tensions between owners, architects/engineers, builders and insurers all of which makes one wonder how anything ever gets built today.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rod McAllister on April 7, 2015
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Accurate, concise and comprehensive. Excellent reference book for Contractors, Estimators and Project Managers to keep handy.
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