Suspend Work – “Remain on Standby” – 3 Key Words

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  • 90 minutes

The contract has been awarded and notices to proceed issued. Work has started. The owner issues a suspension of work directive and the contractor shuts down all or a designated portion of the work awaiting the owner’s return to work order. The contractor believes they are entitled to recover all delay and all time-related delay damages. Is the contractor right? Is the owner liable for all delay and time-related damages? As Max E. Greenberg commented in 1984 – “It isn’t necessarily so!” This webinar examines why owners should have a Suspension of Work clause in their contracts and how these clauses work. It identifies what damages are typically owed when an owner suspends all or part of the work and outlines typical limitations of suspension damages found in many contracts.

Join this session by expert speaker James G. Zack, where he will provide a thorough discussion of the issues involved with and surrounding suspension of work claims.

Session Highlights:

  • The two types of suspensions of work

  • Typical causes of work suspensions

  • Why an owner needs a Suspension of Work clause in their contract

  • The operation of the clause

  • Recoverable damages arising from work suspensions

  • Limitations on recoverable damages

  • The erosion of damages caused by recent court decisions

  • The current tests for suspension of work damages

  • What actions contractors should take to protect their rights to recover damages

  • And, how these actions may help owners resolve suspension of work claims in the field, not in the courtroom

Why You Should Attend:

The webinar identifies a number of pitfalls facing a contractor when making a suspension of work claim for both time and time-related damages. The webinar summarizes the current 12 point test the contractor must pass to recover damages and offers a step by step procedure a contractor should follow in the event the owner directs or causes a suspension of work. Finally, if contractors follow the recommended practice, owners should also benefit as it will allow owners and contractor to resolve such claims on the project site.

Who Should Attend:

  • Owners and owner representatives managing capital improvement projects.

  • Contractor executives, project managers, project sponsors, and project controls personnel.

  • Construction managers and design professionals performing services during construction.

  • Attorneys representing owners, contractors, construction managers & design professionals performing services during construction.

*You may ask your Question directly to our expert during the Q&A session.

** You can buy On-Demand and view it as per your convenience.

James Zack

James Zack

James is the Senior Advisor to the Navigant Construction Forum™. The Forum strives to be the construction industry’s resource for thought leadership and best practices on avoidance and resolution of construction project disputes globally. Formerly, he was the Executive Director, Corporate Claims Management Group, Fluor Corporation, one of the world’s largest EPCM contractors.

James was previously Vice President of PinnacleOne and the Executive Director of the PinnacleOne Institute and a Senior Construction Claims Consultant for CH2M HILL, Inc. Jim has, for more than 45 years, worked on both private and public projects throughout the United States and in 28 countries abroad. James is a Fellow of AACE, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, and the International Guild of Project Controls. In the construction claims field, he is a recognized and published expert in mitigation, analysis and resolution or defense of construction claims and disputes. James is a Certified Construction Manager (CCM), a Certified Forensic Claims Consultant (CFCC) and a Project Management Professional (PMP).

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