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Is there a doctrine in the house? Part 5

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Is there a doctrine in the house? Part 5

Under the Accepted-Work Doctrine, contractors and designers are relieved of liability to injured third parties after a completed project goes back to the owner. The Accepted-Work Doctrine – also known as the Acceptance Doctrine, the Completed and Acceptance Rule, or, in Florida, the Slavin Doctrine – deals with the liability of contractors and design professionals for defects after completion of the project. Under this doctrine, once the owner has accepted the work, a contractor is not liable to third parties who have no contractual relations with it, for damages later suffered by reason of its negligence in the performance of...

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Greater than project management

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Greater than project management

As an industry, we generally leave a lot of money on the table and drive up costs with our lack of effectiveness in management and training. When we think of improving, we often turn to project management. It makes sense. Projects are how money flows into and out of our organizations, and it seems like the natural location to recover lost dollars for our bottom lines. Effective contracting, timely monitoring, reporting, and invoicing, as well as holding the line on scope, schedule, and budget until we receive a change order, is essential. However, this is really only a “fourth quarter”...

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Conference call: Jill Wells Heath

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Conference call: Jill Wells Heath

President and CEO of CALYX Engineers + Consultants (Hot Firm #26 for 2018), a 224-person firm based in Raleigh, North Carolina. By Liisa Andreassen Correspondent As president and CEO of CALYX, recently acquired by NV5, Jill Wells Heath sets the strategic direction for the firm, executes the company’s vision, and cultivates the firm’s business relationships and alliances. In 1993, Heath started with the company as an outside CPA consultant, and then as its contract CFO. In 2003, she became its full-time CFO; in 2006, president; and in 2008, the company’s 15th anniversary, she became CEO. In reaction to CALYX’s $36...

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Diversify, soon

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Diversify, soon

We need a comprehensive approach to encourage heterogeneity in our firms. It starts, but certainly does not end, with simple awareness. Zweig Group’s new mission to Elevate the Industry was unveiled at the 2018 Hot Firm & A/E Industry Awards Conference in Dallas in September. This mission has five focus area – promote, diversify, educate, change, and celebrate – all of which I’m sure you’ll hear more about in the coming months. I’m excited to be championing the Diversify task force. Diversity in all its forms – age, experience, gender, race, and ethnicity, among others – represents a clear competitive...

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Making an effective transition

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Making an effective transition

“So many firms in the AEC business are making transitions right now. Aging boomers in their 60s and 70s are selling down, and their chosen successors are taking the reins.” So many firms in the AEC business are making transitions right now. Aging boomers in their 60s and 70s are selling down, and their chosen successors (we hope they are choosing successors!) are taking the reins. Unfortunately, too often, it doesn’t go as smoothly as it should. There are many reasons for this. Maybe the leaders who are stepping down aren’t doing everything they should to optimize the firm’s chances...

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