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How Should Design Deliverables Be Defined?

General Terms and Conditions, frequently referred to as “Boilerplate,” defines how the Client and Consultant will relate to each other in a business relationship without regard to a specific project. The following is a critical “Boilerplate” item that if not clearly...

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How Should Opinion of Probable Construction Cost Be Used?

General Terms and Conditions, frequently referred to as “Boilerplate,” defines how the Client and Consultant will relate to each other in a business relationship without regard to a specific project. The following is a critical “Boilerplate” item that if not clearly...

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Documentation

 “The faintest of ink is more powerful than the strongest memory” – Ancient Chinese Proverb Documentation of the design and construction process is something that it is not terribly hard to do but it seems to be very easy not to do it.  In the rush of business, so...

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What Does the Contract Term “Successors and Assigns” Mean?

General Terms and Conditions, frequently referred to as “Boilerplate,” defines how the Client and Consultant will relate to each other in a business relationship without regard to a specific project.  The following is a critical “Boilerplate” item that if not clearly...

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How Can Client Expectations Be Managed?

Because unmet Client expectations frequently result in professional liability claims, client expectations must be managed. From the Consultant’s first contact with the Client, expectations on the part of both parties are being created.  The Client is forming an...

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Constructability Review

As design professionals, often with minimal construction experience, we conceive designs that seem just fine to us but overlook significant elements that may not be constructible.  These oversights would be readily apparent to an experienced construction specialist...

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JOHN M. LOWE, JR., P.E.

I help design professionals to minimize potential business risk that may arise from their contracts for services.

I do this through training and by reviewing contracts prepared by others that have been offered to them.

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John M. Lowe, Jr., P.E.
Happy Valley, OR