Green Building Week is this week

By Stephen Bialkowski / September 24, 2018 /

his week, September 24-30, marks the annual Work Green Building Week, which aims to motivate and empower us all to deliver greener buildings. The event is promoted by the World Green Building Council (WGBC), which also produces an annual report with key statistics on green building space and policy changes around the world. This year’s…

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What bonds are used in the construction industry?

By Stephen Bialkowski / September 10, 2018 /

Most contractors working on public projects, and even some private projects, are familiar with surety bonds. This contract is between the obligee, or the recipient of the obligation; the principal party, who will pay for the contracted obligation; and the surety. It is a promise by the surety to pay the obligee if the principal…

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Working with a construction lawyer on school projects

By Stephen Bialkowski / August 24, 2018 /

As the new school year begins and the students’ future needs are assessed, it may seem like the right time to consider a remodel or construction project. Districts may be more comfortable working with professionals who understand their unique needs in education. While retaining a law firm that understands school issues can help with those…

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How does construction arbitration work?

By Stephen Bialkowski / August 17, 2018 /

ontract disputes can be a headache, and it’s not why you got into construction in the first place. You entered this industry to do the work and do it well. Nonetheless, a contract dispute is likely to come up at some point or another. In the construction industry, many of these contracts include a clause which…

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The role of retainage in a construction contract

By Stephen Bialkowski / August 8, 2018 /

At our law firm, we represent parties to a variety of construction contracts. Our clients include contractors, owners, subcontractors, construction companies, developers, suppliers, architects, engineers, lenders and others. We provide many services vis-à-vis construction contracts, including negotiation, drafting and review of contract provisions.  One important term of a construction contract is retainage, which refers to a percentage of…

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