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Old 09-17-2012, 05:35 PM   #21
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One more thing:

Because there is a huge design risk with regards to bridges; I would suggest that you don't take this on as a design-build project (even though you would be farming the design out to an engineer). There is a contingent E&O liability exposure for contractors who choose the engineer, as opposed to the owner choosing the engineer.

You mention the owner is an engineer himself, but it was unclear if he would or would not do the design work. This might be a case of him not wanting the professional E&O liability on his shoulders. I respectfully suggest that if he tries to pass the buck and tells you to hire an engineer, that you decline. Otherwise, you should get an E&O policy. The cost will be way lower than if you had your own engineer on staff who did the design; and of course the engineer will have his own insurance which would respond as primary. But since you are in essence the GC over an engineering sub-contractor now, you do have some secondary vicarious liability. I normally would never bring this up with any other type of construction work; but because this is bridge work (plus it's a bridge large enough to carry vehicle traffic), you should consider the increased liability risk with respect to the structural design, and take measures to protect yourself and your business.

Just my 2 cents. Your broker will be best able to advise you.
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Old 09-17-2012, 06:05 PM   #22
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Wow, bridges sound like a pain in the butt. thanks for the info Astrix. Informative as always
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Yeah, bridges are like high-maintenance trophy girlfriends. They require more attention to detail, but they are very interesting and a nice plum to add to one's list of work experience.

Don't forget to share photos if you do this project. Promise?
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Oh yeah, lots of pix. Big IF


But really trophy girlfriends, interesting? I don't think so. I'd rather do a bridge.
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Yes, John Scott is the professor that replaced the one I had. He's definitely the one who pushed drywalling at the college. Is he still there? Someone had mentioned that he left?
If he did leave it was very recent. I believe he was teaching there last year.
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Ok, it was last year that I heard it and it was from the caretaker of a building beside a building that the college used to do their practical work on.
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Well a couple pretty big steps seem to have been crossed in this project. Drawings have been made and an engineer has stamped them. The river conservation society has been made aware of the project and so has the municipality, they both wanted an engineers stamp so it seems that it may be a go. Now for little things like coming up with a price. I'll be meeting with the client in the following month, haven't even met him yet, just e-mails and phone calls.

My fingers are crossed

Oh and if Astrix is reading, I found the engineer (I did the stone on his house a while ago) but the property owner contacted him and paid him directly so I have no real involvement. It's interesting because the engineer and property owner know/knew each other. They both may have worked together at a firm or the engineer may have employed the property owner at one point, It wasn't exactly clear.
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I think I can speak for everyone in here when I say that we expect detailed picture progress if you get this plum!!
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Oh yeah, absolutely. There will be a few pix going on the website too I'm sure
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Want's to drive a dump truck across, How about a loader?

This is the bridge in Quebec.
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I love that.

This will be the only access to his building lot, so he will have to be able to bring full dump trucks, concrete trucks etc... Also after building he'll always need trucks for heating oil, septic pumping etc...
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Want's to drive a dump truck across, How about a loader?

This is the bridge in Quebec.





Who stole the water?
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you can't blame everything on seasonal labor....or can you?
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Sure you can!
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you can't blame everything on seasonal labor....or can you?

It's the outflow to a small farm pond, so I think it runs when it rains.
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It's the outflow to a small farm pond, so I think it runs when it rains.
Yeah thanks, that's what I assumed. My previous answer was an extremely lame attempt at humor fueled by....well nothing. My humor doesn't translate well to internet forums or to real life for that matter.
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Well this is interesting. Haven't heard from this guy in 6 mos, last time was when I gave him a ballpark estimate (he didn't have any drawings or anything) which was almost 3x what he was expecting, haven't heard from him since. Just got an e-mail this weekend saying that the drawings are done, all permits are approved and he wants to pour footings before we get into a deep freeze. We still haven't even met. Hoping to schedule a meeting next week or the week after. I had mostly given up on this project, I'm pretty exited to say the least
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Really, sounds good.

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