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DVASE – March 3, 2021 Virtual Breakfast Seminar

March 3, 2021 at 8:00 am EST

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Collaborative Design and the Role of the Engineer of Record -- Delegated Design, Design Assist and Informal Involvement
What does it all mean?

Presented By:  Anthony Potter, Principal and Franklin C. Miller, Jr., Attorneys at Offit Kurman, P.A.

The coordination and collaboration of design professional services with contractors has been a focus of the construction industry over the past several decades including the relevant roles and responsibilities.  The concepts of Delegated Design and Design Assist has increased over the years as a result of shifting construction delivery methods and in an attempt to realize the benefits in the process of including constructors in the early design phases.  The aspirational goals include improving constructability, cost, and schedules for Projects.  The paradigm shifts have been accelerated in the construction industry from design-bid build but each delivery method has varying degrees of contractor participation and responsibility for design.  The session will focus on collaborative strategies including informal involvement of a contractor, Design Assist, and Delegated Design including implementation in the Contract Documents and focus on the applicable Building Code Provisions.  We will review and discuss a recent joint white paper published by AIA and AISC as some older white papers published by the Engineer’s Joint Contract Documents Committee and Building Code Provisions to outline best practices.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain an understanding of the definition of Informal Design Assist, Delegated Design and Design Assist;
  • Discuss the role of the engineer of record in various delivery methods and collaborative models;
  • Focus on the method of collaboration and submission of designs including shop drawings and deferred submissions;
  • Analyze the inherent processes in order to protect the public health, safety and welfare.

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

8:00 - 9:30am

This is a virtual seminar and the schedule will be as follows:

8:00am DVASE Announcements and Speaker Introduction
8:10am Seminar Presentation followed by Q&A



apotter@offitkurman.com | 717.980.3140

Mr. Potter is a Principal attorney in the Offit Kurman Construction Law Practice Group and is a resident of the firm’s Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Office. Mr. Potter focuses his practice on counseling architects, engineers, design-build entities, owners and other businesses involved in construction contracting, commercial and construction litigation, administrative law, and professional licensing matters.

Mr. Potter serves as general counsel to AIA Pennsylvania, special counsel to the American Council of Engineering Companies of Pennsylvania and is a member of the Penn State Harrisburg Advisory Board for the Structural Design & Construction Engineering Technology and Civil Engineering Programs. He frequently provides seminars and lecturers at national, regional and statewide forums on topics including construction contract documents, construction delivery methods, design and construction errors and omissions, risk management, construction and project management, construction litigation and design professional ethics.


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Franklin C. Miller, Jr. focuses his practice on the defense and representation of professionals in the design and construction industry. In this capacity, Mr. Miller has been involved in a wide variety of cases, including the defense of architects against serious personal injury/wrongful death claims arising from construction projects, the defense of design professionals from suits brought by property owners alleging design and construction defects and the defense of engineers related to their designs and calculations for integrated building systems such as mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire suppression.


Offit Kurman, a full-service AmLaw 200 law firm with offices throughout the East Coast and in Southern California, serves dynamic businesses, individuals and families. Founded in 1987, the firm’s 280+ attorneys counsel clients across more than 30 areas of practice. Offit Kurman helps maximize and protect business value and personal wealth by providing innovative and entrepreneurial counsel that focuses on clients’ business objectives, interests and goals. The firm is distinguished by the quality, breadth and global reach of its legal services and a unique operational structure that encourages a culture of collaboration.

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