Professional Liability and Construction Defects
Engaging an experienced consultant to evaluate the design and construction of a distressed project and offer opinions regarding professional design practice and standards of reasonable care can be crucial to achieving a favorable outcome in the dispute resolution process. We have a specialized team of experienced licensed professional architects and engineers to meet the needs of design firms, owners, constructors, insurers, sureties and counsel involved in professional liability and construction defect litigation worldwide.
Our construction defect experts have the requisite experience and are successful in communicating our findings in expert reports and multimedia technical presentations in mediation environments, before Dispute Resolution Boards, arbitration panels and in open court. Our professionals can also assist in contemporaneous and after-the-fact evaluations of project close-out and cost reconciliation issues, including change order entitlement and quantum evaluations, reasonableness of punch list and inspection content, and evaluation of defective work.
Navigant is a consulting firm and does not practice architecture or engineering with respect to design and construction projects.
Professional Liability and Defective Construction
Navigant's A/E consultant credentials and expertise in the analysis of professional liability and construction defect matters.
Reviewing A/E Professional Liability
Significant issues arose on a $50 million overseas installation. We were engaged to perform an evaluation of the A/E's professional liability in contract document preparation and construction administration, including review and allocation of approximately 2,000 Requests for Information (RFI's). We submitted an expert report and presented findings in pre-litigation settlement conferences with the US Government assisting in a pretrial settlement.
Defending $20M Claim
A corporate owner filed a $20 million claim against the Owner Carried Insurance Program (OCIP) errors and omissions (E&O) policy in responding to the contractor's claim of defective plans and specifications. Our consultants evaluated specific significant errors, omissions and negligent acts of the A/E design professionals. Our expert report was instrumental in achieving a settlement between the parties prior to any formal alternate dispute resolution (ADR) or hearings.