Primary AIA Contract Documents

On October 17th, John Caravella was invited to speak at the AIA Contract Documents Workshop where he was able to share his knowledge about Construction Contract Interpretation and Fundamentals. In this specific article, we discuss the document types between different parties, to ensure the correct contract is being utilized for your specific type of work.

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Nonresidential Construction Starts Soar

Long Island Construction Law did not create this content about New York Construction. This article was written by David Winzelberg, and was published to the Long Island Business News on October 30th, 2019.

The number of New York-area nonresidential construction starts soared in September, as both residential and nonresidential construction starts have drawn even with last year.

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Strings of a Marionette Puppet

Like the strings of a marionette puppet, after the completion of a New York construction project, there are various legal theories that serve as ties between the builder and the owner. For the builder, the sooner these lingering ties can be removed the less exposure they face for claims of defects. For the owners, the longer they are able to establish these connections, the longer they may have legal recourse against the builder for defects.

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Contract Terminology and Interpretation

Construction contracts could be challenging and difficult to read but learning the basic terms can really make a difference. On October 17th, John Caravella was invited to speak at the AIA Contract Document Workshop where he was able to share his knowledge about Construction Contract Interpretation and Fundamentals. In this specific article, we share simplified definitions of commonly used words within a construction agreement as well as exploring the law of Construction Contract Interpretation.

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New York Construction starts rebound in August

Long Island Construction Law did not create this content about New York Construction. This article was written by David Winzelberg, and was published to the Long Island Business News on September 26th, 2019.

After a drop in activity in July, the number of New York-area residential construction starts rebounded in August, as both residential and nonresidential construction starts increased.

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Understanding the Importance of Building Permits

What are building permits?

What do you need a building permit for? This is one of the most common questions regarding construction. Building permits are both important and necessary and the failure to obtain one can cause major obstacles down the road.  Building permits are needed whenever a homeowner is altering or expanding their current home, installing a swimming pool, deck, shed or more.  Building permits are more important than you think, and here’s why!

 

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Is It Worth It To Elevate Your Home?

 

Elevate your home
 

One of the most common causes of home elevation is extreme weathering and flooding. In general, there are two options when deciding to elevate your home. The homeowner can physically lift the home, building a new foundation at the bottom, or leaving the home as is, but just building a “livable space” upper level, alternatively converting the ground level to a complete closure.

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The Prompt Payment Act: Is It At Odds With Public Policy?

Time for the Prompt Payment Act

Is the prompt payment act at odds with public policy? In both general litigation and construction litigation, courts generally give parties great freedom to contract. Thus, New York’s policy is to enforce arbitration agreements in construction contracts.[i] Conversely, New York courts do not usually force parties into arbitration unless their contract expressly requires it.[ii]

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Construction Starts Rebound in March

Construction Projects

Long Island Construction Law did not create this content. This article was written by David Winzelberg, and was published to the Long Island Business News on April 25th, 2019. 

The number of New York-area construction starts rose last month, rebounding after three straight months of declines.

There were about $3.9 billion in construction starts in the New York area last month, 40 percent more than the $2.79 billion in construction starts recorded in March 2018, according to the latest report from Dodge Data & Analytics.

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What is a Mechanics Lien, and How Can It Affect Your Construction Experience?

We all know what a lien is. Depending on which side of the claim you’re on, a lien could be a good thing or a bad thing. According to Black’s Law Dictionary, the true definition of a lien is “a claim, encumbrance, or charge on property for payment of some debt, obligation or duty”. So, how is a Mechanics Lien any different?

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