Bruce Pitts to Present at NCBC 2015 Conference

Wood Harbinger’s Principal of Commissioning, Bruce A. Pitts, CPMP, CSBA, LEED AP BD+C, will be presenting at the Building Commissioning Association’s (BCA) annual conference, NCBC 2015. This year’s conference theme is, “Gateway to the Future of Commissioning,” and it will be held May 18-20th in St. Louis, Missouri.

Bruce will be joining Ujjval Vyas, PhD, JD, of the Alberti Group, LLC, a Chicago-based risk management and law consultancy with expertise in the AEC industry. Their presentation, “Cx Contracts: Liability, Indemnity, Insurance,” will illuminate the liability, vicarious liability, and indemnification clauses that commissioning services contracts may contain.

Read the full abstract below or on the conference website here.

“Commissioning Authorities are a helpful bunch. They’re focused on solutions, and doing what it takes to get the job done right. Unfortunately, commissioning contracts often contain unfavorable liability and indemnity clauses that put the commissioning firm in a vulnerable position. The prudent Commissioning Authority manages risk first with the proper contract in place. But this isn’t always as easy as it sounds, especially under time and leverage constraints. Careful reviews for contract provisions and scope limitations are best practices. Should you be financially responsible for defending your client in court, even if you had no liability? Don’t sign up for trouble. Join this discussion illuminating liability, vicarious liability, and indemnification clauses that may already populate your current contracts and could lead to unfortunate, even business killing outcomes. The presenters will show contract language examples that should raise red flags and how this language can be modified to remove unnecessary or unfair liability. By the end of the session, attendees will be able to identify contract language that may need to be edited and will be able to spot issues to be addressed with the help of their insurance professionals for modifications or resistance to client demands. Contracts are often considered to be a “necessary evil”, but these contracts are the lifeblood of your business risk management and opportunities.:


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