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Early Project Completion Schedules: Weigh the Risks & Benefits (CCLO18A)

  • Product Format
    Pre Recorded Webinar
  • Presenter(s)
    James G. Zack Jr. CCM, CFCC, FAACE, FRICS, PMP, Emily Federico
  • Conference Date
    Wed, October 17, 2018
  • Length
    90 minutes

12 Ways to Defend Against Delay Claims Tied to Early Completion Promises

Delays on construction projects are often inevitable. But are you just inviting more delay trouble by setting an early completion project schedule? Back in the 1960s, courts acknowledged a contractor’s right to complete project work early—but since then the prevalence of delayed early completion claims has only increased. Nowadays, many project owners, recognizing a very real litigation risk, simply refuse to accept early completion baseline schedules.

Join construction claims experts Emily Federico and James G. Zack, Jr. for this live webinar to learn the basics of a contractor’s project progress rights—and the right to seek equitable adjustment if early completion is delayed due to the owner’s actions. The speakers will also outline the two common forms of early completion schedules, how and why early completion schedules are constructed, and the 12 different options owners have to defend against delayed early completion schedule claims.

After attending this live webinar, you will understand the pros and cons of using early completion schedules—from both the contractor’s and project owner’s  point of view. You’ll know whether and when a contractor is obliged to inform an owner that it intends to complete early. And you’ll be able to judge whether the early completion schedule you’re presented with on your next project is a legitimate performance schedule—or a pitfall-laden, claims-oriented one.

Session Highlights

Here is a taste of what you will uncover:

  • Lessons learned from recent U.S. court decisions concerning early completion schedules
  • 2 common forms of early completion schedules on construction projects
  • How, why, and when to construct an early completion schedule
  • Whether and when a contractor must submit notification of planned early completion
  • How to determine the legitimacy—or litigation risk—of an early completion schedule
  • 12 methods a project owner can use to defend against delayed early completion claims

Who Should Attend

  • Contractors
  • Owners
  • Design professionals providing services during construction
  • Construction managers
  • Attorneys

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About the Presenter(s)


Jim is the Senior Advisor to the recently formed Ankura Construction Forum™. The Forum strives to be the construction industry’s resource for thought leadership and best practices on avoidance and resolution of construction project disputes globally. Jim was the founder and Executive ...More Info

Emily FedericoEmily Federico is an Associate Director in the Fairfield, CT office of Navigant Consulting, Inc.  Ms. Federico’s experience includes the preparation and analysis of various schedule delay, acceleratio...More Info

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