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Supreme Court decisions could have major impacts for construction industry

By on July 6, 2016 |

Two recent decisions from the United States Supreme Court could have major implications for the construction industry.  In United States v. Texas, a divided 4-4 vote resulted in the Court’s issuance of a one-sentence opinion, in which the Court affirmed a lower court ruling that blocked an executive order which would have allowed millions of undocumented immigrants to remain in… Read more

The 2015 South Carolina OSE Manual – Invitation for Professional Services (Form SE-210) Gets a Facelift

By on June 28, 2016 |

The OSE gave its form SE-210 – Invitation for Professional Services – a facelift in the 2015 update of the OSE Manual. Take a look at the old form, compared to the new version. While the appearance of SE-210 is improved, there aren’t a whole lot of substantive changes. Mainly, they’ve added information to call… Read more

The 2015 South Carolina OSE: Small Change in Design-Bid-Build Contract Administration

By on June 20, 2016 |

It’s pretty much business as usual under the newly updated Chapter 7 in the Office of State Engineer’s (“OSE”) Manual for the Planning and Execution of State Permanent Improvements Part II, which sets out the contract administration procedures for traditional design-bid-build projects. With a few exceptions, basic contract administration remains the same as under the previous… Read more

Legal Implications of South Carolina’s Notice of Furnishing Labor or Materials

By on June 14, 2016 | ,

In an earlier post, I discussed the practical benefits afforded by the Notice of Furnishing Labor or Materials when sent to the general contractor (“GC”) by a subcontractor or supplier who is second-tier or below.  Today, we’ll take a look at the legal protections the Notice provides to those lower-tier contractors. First, it must be noted that South… Read more

The 2015 South Carolina OSE Manual – New Contractual Requirements for Design Professionals

By on June 10, 2016 |

The State Engineer has updated the SE-225 Conditions of Service to be used with the AIA B101-2007 Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Architect. Formerly titled “Article 12 – Other Conditions or Services,” the New SE-225 has a few significant changes from its predecessor document. The first and most significant change is that SE-225 completely… Read more

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