Continued decline in flood insurance enrollment has multiple reasons | Builder's risk insurance has advantages, disadvantages | ISEA taking on heat-illness, wearable-device standards
June 13, 2019
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Continued decline in flood insurance enrollment has multiple reasons
Flood insurance enrollment among residents of Illinois, Missouri and Nebraska living in floodplains has dropped below 15%, even though federal efforts have sought to increase policyholder growth. Rising premium costs the tendency people have to miscalculate risks are two main reasons for the decline.
The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (6/8) 
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Builder's risk insurance has advantages, disadvantages
Builder's risk insurance has both advantages and disadvantages and is largely misunderstood, experts say. Among the issues to consider are whether the owner or contractor should buy the insurance, whether or not it covers existing structures and whether to buy master or standalone coverage.
Risk & Insurance online (6/7) 
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On the Radar Screen
ISEA taking on heat-illness, wearable-device standards
The International Safety Equipment Association is working on a national standard for heat-illness prevention that could resemble the one already in effect in California. ISEA also wants to develop standards regarding the collection and management of data from wearable products.
Occupational Health & Safety (6/11) 
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Address specific exposures of the construction industry
The Gallagher Construction insurance practice is built to address the specific exposures of the construction industry. We evaluate your risk profile to create a comprehensive risk management program that closes gaps and safeguards you from loss. Learn more.
Construction Contract Terms & Conditions
What it takes to transition to IPD
Adoption of integrated project delivery can be daunting, but it's proving its collaborative worth in a number of healthcare projects. Richard L. Peck explains how Advocate Aurora Health made the transition from design-bid-build to IPD.
Healthcare Design online (6/3) 
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Protocols & Procedures
Santa Fe is automating its building permit process
An automated building permit submission process in Santa Fe, N.M., is set to go into effect this fall. By using EnerGov Citizen Self Service, city departments can share information, and less-complicated jobs such reroofing can be done by obtaining an express permit that's issued within 48 hours.
The Santa Fe New Mexican (tiered subscription model) (6/10) 
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Legal Compliance
Column: The ins and outs of fraudulent liens
Certain factors can make a lien fraudulent, writes Alex Barthet. A minor miscue such as the wrong amount stemming from a good-faith dispute isn't one of them, but the deliberate embellishment of outstanding fees or paperwork with a calculated overstatement could lead to a "quite harsh" outcome in court, he adds.
The Lien Zone (6/5) 
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Construction & Insurance Case Law
US lawsuit claims materials fueled London tower fire
A product liability suit filed this week in Philadelphia claims that faulty materials contributed to a 2017 fire at Grenfell Tower, a 24-story residential building in London. Insulation made by Celotex and cladding produced by Arconic, since pulled from the marketplace, were cited in the suit as contributing factors to the blaze.
The Associated Press (6/11) 
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Project Focus
Suit opposing Obama center in Chicago is dismissed
A federal lawsuit opposing the planned Obama Presidential Center in Chicago was dismissed, although the plaintiff, Protect Our Parks, plans to appeal.
WBBM-TV (Chicago) (6/11),  Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (6/12) 
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Calif. transit center is safe now, engineers say
A panel of engineers and experts has determined that the Salesforce Transit Center in California can be reopened, eight months after cracks were found in the center's steel girders. Minor welding flaws were discovered, studied and remedied, but were not deemed concerning.
San Francisco Chronicle (tiered subscription model) (6/10) 
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Hawaii extends RFQ, RFP for Honolulu project
In order to provide extra time for companies interested in redeveloping Honolulu's Neal S. Blaisdell Center to acquire proper licensing, the city will now issue request for qualifications early next month and request for proposals in December. The center is due to shut down in December 2020 for two years so the nearly $800 million project can be completed.
The Business Journals (tiered subscription model) (6/7) 
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AGC News
Rise of In-House Design
As we learned from the 2019 AGC/FMI Risk Study, firms are increasing their in-house project design capabilities with 43% of contractors saying they're planning to do more this year, compared to the 38% in 2018. What is driving this trend of increasing in-house design capabilities? How will this impact the industry? What are the pros and cons of bringing design functionality in-house? Read more on this and the perspectives on where we this shift may take us in the future.
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2019 Safety, Health & Environmental Conference | July 23 - 25, 2019 | Seattle, WA
2019 Safety, Health & Environmental Conference | July 23 - 25, 2019 | Seattle, WA
Join more than 300 construction safety, health, and environmental professionals at the AGC Safety, Health & Environmental Conference taking place July 23 - 25, 2019, in Seattle, WA. This conference is the industry's foremost annual conference to hone in on the most critical safety, health, and environmental compliance and risk issues impacting the business of construction. Whether your goal is protecting the safety and health of the men and women working in construction or protecting the environment during the construction process - this is the conference for you. Stay current on the latest issues through a mixture of plenary and breakout sessions.
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