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Jointly presented with the American Bar Association Construction Forum, the Modular Building Institute and the Offsite Construction Council, this panel will cover a variety of unique commercial and legal issues in industrial, commercial and residential modular construction. These issues include the different application of building and safety codes, new concerns about contract drafting, and legal codes or doctrines that may apply to modular construction in ways different from traditional construction, including the application of the Uniform Commercial Code, products liability law, statutes of limitations and statutes of repose. The panel will also address modular construction issues relating to insurance coverage, liens and prompt payment statutes. This is not necessarily your father’s stick-built job!
The presentation will also focus on the schedule and cost realities of modular construction. There are so many potential advantages to the application of modular construction in an urban environment, including increased quality control, shortened schedule, labor savings, cost savings and improved site safety. It sounds ideal – especially considering current skilled labor shortages – so what could go wrong? This panel will share their experiences with modular construction across multiple industries and discuss the consequences of when the plan goes wrong and the possible implications of building modular in urban environments.
Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to:
• Learn how modular construction can save time and money;
• Comprehend how the law governing modular construction can be surprisingly different from stick-built projects;
• Understand particular risks associated with modular construction
VP-Director, Operational Excellence & Planning
Gilbane Building Company
Modular Building Institute
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan
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