Construction Contracting: Business and Legal Principles, Second edition

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Exceptionally practical and authoritative, this introduction to construction contracting as it applies to typical, every-day situations explains “theoretical” ideas in terms of what really happens in practice. Construction Contracting: Business and Legal Principles, 2nd edition emphasizes the more common case law holdings and industry customs that help avoid troublesome legal issues during the completion of a project. [Provided by previous publisher.]

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Table of contents

  1. Interface of the Law with the Construction Industry
  2. Contract Formation, Privity of Contract, and Other Contract Relationships
  3. The Prime Contract - An Overview
  4. Prime Contract - Format and Major Components
  5. Owner-Construction Contractor Prime Contract "Red Flag" Clauses
  6. Labor Agreements
  7. Purchase Order and Subcontract Agreements
  8. Insurance Contracts
  9. Surety Bonds
  10. Joint-Venture Agreements
  11. Bid and Proposals
  12. Mistakes in Bids
  13. Breach of Contract
  14. Contract Changes
  15. Differing Site Conditions
  16. Delays, Suspensions, and Terminations
  17. Liquidated Damages, Force Majeure, and Time Extensions
  18. Allocating Responsibility for Delays
  19. Constructive Acceleration
  20. Common Rules of Contract Interpretation
  21. Documentation and Records
  22. Construction Contract Claims
  23. Dispute Resolution

About the author
Stuart “Bart” Bartholomew (1925-2013) joined the Navy as an engineer after enrolling at NROTC programs at the University of Washington. He earned bachelors and master’s degrees in civil engineering from UC Berkeley and made his post-Navy civilian career in heavy industry. He worked for legendary dam builder, Harvey Slocum on Bull Shoals Dam in Arkansas; Bhakra Dam in Punjab, India; Karnaphuli Dam in Bangladesh; port and rail facilities in Port Hedland, Western Australia; several segments of the Bay Area Rapid Transit system in San Francisco and the East Bay; and numerous marine, bridge, transportation and tunneling projects in the Midwest and on the East Coast.

He joined Fruin-Colnon Corporation, becoming a vice president and member of the board of directors before his retirement in the early 1980s. He was a Fellow and Life Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a member of both the Moles and Beavers heavy engineering construction associations for over 25 years and was honored by the Beavers with the annual Engineering Award for outstanding achievement in Heavy Engineering Construction. After retirement from industry he pursued a second career as a professor of Construction Management at California State University, Chico, during which time he wrote Construction Contracting.

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Published as ISBN 1-13-091055-4 (2002)
Rights reverted to estate (2022)
Published by the Open Education Initiative of the University Libraries at Virginia Tech as ISBN 978-1-957213-20-0 under CC BY NC SA 4.0 (2022)

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