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Construction contracts: Everything you need to know

We rounded up our articles examining the complex legal landscape of the industry.

Contracts are crucial components of the construction process, but they can be among the most complicated and controversial aspects as well. As the industry shifts to increasingly collaborative project delivery methods and adopts new materials and technologies, construction professionals need to stay up to date on the how the legal landscape is evolving — or not — to ensure their work is verified and protected.

Our monthly series, The Dotted Line, provides an in-depth look at the evolving world of construction contracts and project delivery. Here are those resources, in one place:

From bidding to closeout

  1. How to negotiate the construction bidding process and avoid ‘a real nightmare’

    Contractors can often make mistakes during the early stages of a project — especially when they don't fully understand the scope of work. Read More >>

  2. Inside the ‘dance’ of subcontractor negotiations

    Subs can attempt to negotiate for a wide range of items in their contracts, but general contractors say it all must tie into their agreements with the owner. Read More >>

  3. How effective contracts can ‘drive the train’ of the project closeout process

    Finishing a project can be a complicated task if contractors don't think about closeout at all stages. Read More >>

  4. Project delivery and contract type

  5. How design-build can create a ‘symphony’ of collaboration

    Experts from Mortenson and Clark Construction say if executed correctly, the design-build method can be successful for any project type. Read More >>

  6. Do lump sum contracts create a simple agreement or potential minefield?

    The days of the lump sum contract being the most straightforward construction contract may be over. Read More >>

  7. How GMP contracts keep projects from endless ‘costs and costs and costs’

    We look at the best times to use cost-plus-fee with guaranteed maximum price contracts, and what owners and contractors need to know. Read More >>

  8. Why collaboration is key to preventing 'a war' in cost-plus contracts

    Although this contract approach comes with both positives and negatives for owners and contractors, it can be the best option when executed effectively. Read More >>

  9. Architects, contractors vie to be the owner's best resource

    Some architects say the blurred lines between their responsibilities and contractor services are cutting them out of the design picture. Read More >>

  10. Terms and conditions

  11. Why overlooking general conditions can derail a construction contract

    Experts point to these four types of general conditions as crucial aspects of a project's success. Read More >>

  12. 5 of the most commonly misinterpreted terms in construction contracts

    From incorporation clauses to mechanics' lien language, legal experts explain the terms that create the most confusion among contractors. Read More >>

  13. Additional factors to keep in mind

  14. How construction firms can manage the ‘necessary evil’ of change orders

    Although change order provisions are crucial in a contract, they can sometimes represent more of a trust issue than a legal issue. Read More >>

  15. How to navigate ‘the 3 Cs’ of construction bonding

    Payment and performance bonds aren't just for public projects anymore. Read More >>

  16. Navigating construction disputes, from mediation to litigation

    Contracts typically provide a variety of dispute resolution options, but all parties must know the cost and potential success of each method before forging ahead. Read More >>

  17. How training programs can 'fund the future' of a skilled workforce

    Whether contract-mandated or company-driven, training programs play a critical role in pumping up the lean construction worker pipeline. Read More >>

  18. How employers can protect construction workers from external threats

    Companies are going the extra mile to ensure their employees are safe from hazards ranging from roadside risks to job site crime. Read More >>

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