INTEGRATED PROJECT DELIVERY: Virtual Design to Construction


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Legal & Management Aspects of IPD

Deep Dive: Contracts, Insurance, Risk Management

Learn how to maximize success on Integrated Project Delivery and Virtual Design and Construction ( VDC ) projects from legal and management experts with direct personal experience in construction / project management, contract creation, and insurance underwriting.

Join this DESIGN [realized] Event to:

  • Identify important characteristics of IPD, and related contract types, and the impact these have on project delivery responsibilities
  • Identify recommended approaches (best practices) to adopt and pitfalls to avoid when engaging IPD and related forms of agreement
  • List steps for getting started on Integrated Project Delivery and Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) projects 
  • Review contracts considering responsibilities, costs, profit, risks
  • Discuss appropriate requirements and coverage in light of practice/project policies and risks in order to understand coverage needs and accommodations
  • Plan practical steps to enhance success and manage risk with IPD. 


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Suzanne Harness,
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The Company:
Harness Project Solutions, LLC
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Project Management

About the Speaker:

Suzanne H. Harness, Esq., AIA is both a licensed architect and a construction attorney with more than 30 years of experience in the design and construction industry.  Suzanne is President and founder of Harness Project Solutions, LLC, a firm providing a wide range of services for the design and construction industry, including: procurement consulting, risk management, and contract review, ADR services, and expert witness testimony. As Managing Director and Counsel, The American Institute of Architects, for over six years, Suzanne was responsible for the content of AIA Contract Documents, working actively in the creation and revision of AIA Contract Documents.

Suzanne was first licensed as an architect and practiced architecture in Washington, DC firms for several years, followed by 10 years managing design and construction contracts as an in-house owner’s representative, first for a commercial real estate developer and later for the General Services Administration (GSA). While at the GSA Suzanne received her J.D. Degree from the George Washington University Law School’s evening program. She then joined Seyfarth Shaw’s Washington, DC-based construction practice group, representing architects, owners, and contractors in litigation and contractual matters until joining the AIA in September, 2002. Suzanne is a member of the Virginia State Bar, the District of Columbia Bar, the American Bar Association (ABA) and the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry. She received a B.S. cum laude and M.Arch in Architecture from The Catholic University of America and is a life member of Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society.

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Lisa Dal Gallo,
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The Company:
Hanson Bridgett LLP
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Legal Aspects of IPD and VDC

About the Speaker:

Lisa Dal Gallo has over 20 years of experience in the construction industry. Before becoming a lawyer, she worked professionally for one of the largest general contractors in the world. During that eight year period, Lisa held several different field and office positions completing millions of dollars worth of work-in-place for both the interior and core-and-shell divisions in the following sectors: medical / healthcare facilities, laboratories, retail space, office towers and light industry.
Lisa’s field experience provides her with insight and understanding of the development process form design inception through completion of construction. Her transactional practice focuses on risk management and contract drafting, review and negotiation for owners, architects, construction managers, contractors and subcontractors utilizing various project delivery methods, including integrated project delivery, for both public and private works. Lisa is also familiar with the various contractual arrangements and business structures for public private partnerships. On the claims side, she advises clients regarding a variety of legal issues including contractual disputes, claims analysis, negligence, termination, default, acceleration and delay, mechanic liens and stop notices and alternative dispute resolution.

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Martin Andrejko
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National UW Director - Professional Liability
The Company:
Zurich North America
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Marty Andrejko


Insuring IPD and VDC Projects

About the Speaker:


Martin Andrejko is the national underwriting director for professional liability.  He has been with Zurich since late 2008 and is directly involved in the development and management of Zurich Construction's professional liability products for contractors and design professionals.

Prior to his current role, Martin spent nearly 15 years in the design professional insurance industry including positions as a loss control consultant and as a professional liability underwriter with XL and Zurich.

Before entering the insurance industry, Martin worked for 9 years for engineering and environmental consulting companies as an engineering geologist.  Project experiences ranged from landfill design to tunneling to groundwater studies.  He holds BS (Geological Sciences) from Lehigh University and an MS (Engineering Geology) from Drexel University.  He is a Certified Professional Geologist and has his Construction Risk and Insurance Specialist designation.  He currently resides outside of Philadelphia, PA.


Integrated Project Delivery:
Virtual Design to Construction

Program Series

The Deep Dive into the Legal and Management Aspects of IPD is the first of our three-part DESIGN [realized] Integrated Project Delivery: Virtual Design to Construction (IPD/VDC) Series.  This program explores how successful designers, builders, and building owners achieve significant project goals through the best use of process and technology such as Building Information Modeling (BIM), construction management and collaboration tools.

Our Inside Stories, begin with an exploration of a project's architectural design parti. Project teams will share winning techniques to adopt, losing techniques to avoid, and other key experience gained as they have implemented IPD processes with VDC methodologies.

Deep Dive sessions provide detailed treatment of the best current thinking on legal, management, and technological issues associated with IPD/VDC projects, as well as new product and service ideas.

What is Included

This was a DESIGN [realized] event broadcast LIVE from Washington DC and San Francisco. Following the event the event's recording was made available as an On-Demand program.

The following is what is included:

Recording of Program
- Presentation by Speakers
- Question & Answer Session

Event Materials
    • HANDOUT for Legal Program, PART 1
    • HANDOUT for Legal Program, PART 2

Additional Resources
    • Summary Comparison of Integrated Project Delivery
       Agreements from Hanson Bridgett

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Our DESIGN [realized] Events take place in cities around the U.S by utilizing the latest techniques in online education.

We coordinate presentations from leading industry experts webcasts to groups of participants in local offices and venues anound the nation. By participating in one of our events, you will:

  • Learn how other building professionals from around the country approach a project 
  • Get new ideas for incorporating building processes and technology into your work
  • Share building methods and techniques that are applicable locally with other group participants
  • Hear interactive Q&A discussions among presenters and participants around the U.S.

Group Discounts

Inspire new thinking among your teams by exploring the ins and outs of how leading industry professionals achieve significant project goals. By participating in the program as a group, you will have time to share ideas amongst yourselves and the opportunity to interact with our speakers.

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