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Legal Aspects of Architecture, Engineering, and the Construction Process

Number: BCT 597N
Credits: 3
Format: In person, Online, CPE

Semester: Fall, Spring
Meeting Times: TBA
Room: Mount Ida TBA / Amherst TBA

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Steve O'Neill,



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Course Description

Legal issues arising from design and construction services, with a practical focus on risk management and liability awareness. Topical areas include basic legal doctrines, contract documents, contract administration, liens & bonds, claims, professional liability, human resources, legal evidence & recordkeeping, and dispute resolution. The course will also touch on the special legal challenges presented by technological, scientific, and cultural developments including sustainability, BIM/VDC, mass timber, automation, and climate change.

Instructor Bio:

More than 26 years of business law, construction law and complex litigation experience with a technical focus on electronic discovery issues (eDiscovery), information governance, and emerging technology law. Appointed to Emerging Technology Law Committee of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) in 2006 and reappointed in 2009 and 2012. Admitted to practice before state and federal courts in Massachusetts and Connecticut (Washington inactive).

Learning Goals



Construction Law for Design Professionals, Construction Managers and Contractors
Justin Sweet, Marc M. Schneier, Blake Wentz / Cengage Learning

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