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Avoiding the Element of Surprise and the Notice of Furnishing Labor or Materials

By on June 8, 2016 | ,

Generally, no one benefits from surprises on a construction project.  A particular problem that often catches general contractors by surprise occurs when a lower-tier subcontractor or materials supplier (i.e., one who does not contract with the general contractor but instead has a contract with a subcontractor) suddenly appears claiming that an unpaid contract balance is… Read more

The 2015 South Carolina OSE Manual – No New Guidance on CM-at-Risk or Design-Build Contract Administration

By on June 3, 2016 |

Back in 2008, the South Carolina legislature enacted changes to the South Carolina Consolidated Procurement Code. These changes allowed state agencies the use of additional project delivery methods for state construction projects including design-build, design-builder-operate and maintain, design-builder-finance-operate and maintain, and construction management at-risk.  (2008 S.C. Acts 174).  The State Fiscal Accountability Authority (formerly the… Read more

Carolinas construction employment continues to rise

By on May 25, 2016 |

According to data released earlier this month from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and published today by the Associated General Contractors of America, South and North Carolina have enjoyed increases in overall construction employment over the last twelve months.  Although April’s data shows a slight 1% decline from the previous month, South Carolina’s overall employment… Read more

30 New Forms Adopted for State IDC Procurement

By on May 24, 2016 |

In the Office of State Engineer’s (“OSE”) newly released 2015 Edition of the OSE Manual for the Planning and Execution of State Permanent Improvements Part II, Rev. 1/2016, the State Engineer adopts 30 new forms for use in the bidding and administration of indefinite delivery contracts (“IDC”). IDC’s are those contracts for professional services or… Read more

You’ve Got Mail

By on May 18, 2016 |

Does your company have a written policy that covers who can sign for certified or restricted mail? How about for a FedEx© or UPS© package? If not, you may want to consider implementing a written Incoming Mail and Express Shipment Policy (IMESP). The South & North Carolina state and federal court rules and statues allow… Read more

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