Is Green Building About to Code?
Guest Contributor Edward Gentilcore reports on how the USGBC’s LEED rating system has been adopted with the force and power of law in numerous states and major municipalities around the country, offering a discussion on the legal implications for contractors and design professionals.

A Quick Primer on Integrated Project Delivery
Guest contributors Michael Drewry and Daniel Drewry, partners at Drewry Simmons Vornehm LLP, provide an overview of the move towards IDP and a discussion of potential roadblocks to collaboration.

What Line? What Sand? A Surety’s “Bechtol Letter” Meaning and Significance
The device sometimes referred to by industry insiders as a “Bechtol Letter” is, at its core, a trap for the unwary.  Properly composed, it does not look or sound dangerous. Guest contributor Thomas Pennington of Watt Tieder Hoffar and Fitzgerald LLP discusses why the project owner receiving one must recognize it for what is and govern its actions accordingly.

The Expert Report Winter 2011 – (PDF)