In Pennsylvania, when public Owners want to build, the Separations Act, 71 P.S. 1618, requires them to use a multiple-prime project delivery system and each of these prime construction contracts must be competitively bid. This paper will not focus on whether Pennsylvania’s Separation Act should be changed; just like Geico Insurance commercial, “Everyone knows that.” Instead, this paper will assume that for the immediate future this law will remain in place, just as it has for the past one hundred years. Consequently, Public Owners need to manage their multiple prime construction projects the best way possible. This paper will address how this required project delivery system works, its limitations and will identify some key considerations in trying to improve project performance on a multiple-prime project.Download Article »
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David Scotti recently presented at the ACBA CLE and Holiday Party Event.
David and a panel of notable attorneys presented on “A Look at Construction Litigation Claims.” LitCon Group sponsored the CLE and participated on all three panels. The CLE focused on three subtopics:
- Evaluating, Preparing and Proving Labor Impact Claims
- Ins and Outs of Proving Project Delay Claims and Working with a Scheduling Consultant
- Maintaining Project Files and Records to Help Support Potential Claims
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The Separations Act as it Relates to Design-Build
Joe Hrabik presented “The Separations Act and Design-Build Projects” at the Design-Build Institute of America’s Holiday Event on December 13, 2022 at the Engineers’ Club. Joe’s presentation included a checklist of important provisions to include in design-build contracts and also included proposed legislation under which design-build projects can comply with the Separations Act. Thanks to Micah Sayles of CEC for arranging the event. If you would like to receive the presentation slides and the Separations Act article, please send your request to email@example.com.
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IRMO – Insurance and Risk Management Oversight
One of the services Scotti Law Group provides for our clients is Insurance and Risk Management Oversight. Companies work hard and spend dearly to develop and implement a comprehensive insurance and risk management program. When general liability, auto or workers’ compensation claims arise, your carrier provides insurance defense counsel to represent your company’s interests. Although the counsel provided may be expert in handling tort cases, they are not expert in representing the interests of your company. Having a Scotti Law Group attorney that only answers to you overseeing the handling of your insurance cases makes good business sense. Scotti Law Group strives to protect your company’s interests and to make your interests a priority. The interests of insurance counsel and the insurance company should not predominate over your company’s interests. We can also assist in identifying in-house personnel needed to support the litigation effort and help coordinate responses to discovery requests. Effectively interfacing with insurance counsel will help produce the best possible result.
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American Arbitration Association
Both David Scotti and Joseph Hrabik are Arbitrators on the AAA Construction Panel. In addition, David is also a mediator with the AAA. David and Joe’s experience serving as neutrals further enhances their skill and ability to act as party representatives in mediation, arbitration and litigation.
American Society of Civil Engineers
David Scotti and Joseph Hrabik attended the American Society of Civil Engineers Meeting and Presentation on January 19, 2023. The presentation by James R. James, P.E. of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers described the subsurface investigation of the Montgomery Locks and Dam.
Scotti Law Group is pleased to announce that David Scotti will be on a panel of speakers in an upcoming Strafford live video webinar,
“Understanding ConsensusDocs Construction Contracts:
What Lawyers Need to Know”
Scheduled for Tuesday, February 21, 1:00pm-2:30pm EST.
The panel will explain key terms and conditions in the ConsensusDocs Construction Contracts Documents. You will learn the most significant provisions of the prime and subcontractor agreements used in the design-bid-build, design-build, and CM At-Risk agreements. This webinar will outline how owners, developers, and contractors–and their counsel–can utilize these documents in developing construction agreements.
These and other essential questions will be covered:
- How to leverage the most updated and important revisions to industry standard contracts in contract negotiations
- How do ConsensusDocs contracts provide an alternative to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and which projects would benefit from exploring this viable alternative?
- What key issues do the ConsensusDocs contract documents address?
After the presentations, there will be a live question and answer session with participants so details about these important issues can be answered directly.
Scotti Law Group hopes you’ll join us for the upcoming Strafford live webinar, “Changes to ConsensusDocs Contract Documents” on Tuesday, February 21, 1:00pm-2:30pm EST. Click this link for more information: https://www.sp-04.com/r.php?products/tlj8tbhjra
Or call 1-800-926-7926
Ask for Changes to ConsensusDocs Contract Documents on 2/21/2023
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David Scotti was recently interviewed by the Pittsburgh Business Times regarding The Separations Act.
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Scotti Law Group wishes you a Happy & Healthy 2023!
A specialized boutique firm, Scotti Law Group focuses its practice in construction law, from project development, to counseling clients during performance, through any subsequent claims or litigation. David Scotti’s unique experience of more than 35 years is augmented with a support team dedicated to achieving the client’s goals. Because of this experience and focus, clients receive the direct, agile attention of seasoned experts without the overhead and bureaucracy of a big-box firm.