Construction Insurance Shake-Up: Aon executives took staff and business with them to Alliant

According to ENR, when Peter Arkley and Michael Cusack left Aon, they took more than their personal belongings with them to California-base Alliant. Court documents show that within 72 hours of leaving Aon, around 50 employees followed. A number of clients followed as well. Cases are pending in three states. Even in an industry wracked … Continue reading Construction Insurance Shake-Up: Aon executives took staff and business with them to Alliant

Futuristic Fenestration: Introducing the Samsung Transparent LCD Smart Window

The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is not where one typically expects to see new building products unveiled. We’ve seen internet-enabled refrigerators, and the kids are all raving about the new internet-enabled TVs. But internet-enabled windows? Below is a video: http://videos.cnet.co.uk/embed/40001999/ Samsung Transparent LCD Smart Window hands-on | CNET UK We didn’t expect to … Continue reading Futuristic Fenestration: Introducing the Samsung Transparent LCD Smart Window

Professional Liability Coverage for Contractors and Construction Managers?

Judy Greenwald wrote an insightful article at Business Insurance entitled, Contractors professional liability demand rises. In most circles, especially among architects, engineers and attorneys, contractors are not typically viewed as professionals. So why are these “non-professionals” purchasing “professional liability insurance?” As construction delivery methods such as design-build and integrated project delivery (IPD) continue to gain … Continue reading Professional Liability Coverage for Contractors and Construction Managers?

This is what Quality Assurance Observation Certification means to Insurance Carriers

On Monday, I wrote a post entitled, “When we build, let us think that we build forever”. In that post I introduced the QAO, or Quality Assurance Observation, methodology. The first project to be certified by OAC Management Incorporated under this methodology, was The Ritz-Carlton Residences in Vail, CO. Here is what the insurance carrier, … Continue reading This is what Quality Assurance Observation Certification means to Insurance Carriers

Construction Defect Case In Arizona Examines Policy Coverage of Arbitrator’s Award for Attorney Fees and Costs

In American Family Mut. Ins. Co. v. Spectre West Builders Corp., No. CV09-968-PHX-JAT (D. Ariz. Feb. 4, 2011), arbitration proceedings were instituted against insured general contractor Spectre by the homeowners association for a condominium project co… Continue reading Construction Defect Case In Arizona Examines Policy Coverage of Arbitrator’s Award for Attorney Fees and Costs