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Department of State 2016 Construction Contract & Projects – Industry Day

Warner’s Consultants, Zeynep Guven and Helen Kim, represented the firm by attending The U.S. Department of State (DOS) Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) informational meeting and discussion for the 2016 Overseas Diplomatic Construction Program for New Embassy and Consulate Complexes (NEC/NCC) project on Thursday, March 3, 2016 at the Hyatt Arlington. This event included presentations and discussion of the extraordinary NEC and NCC projects forecasted for 2016.

The 30th Construction SuperConference

Warner exhibited at The Construction SuperConference 2015 held at the Hilton Bayfront in San Diego, California, December 7-9, 2015. We were proud to be a part of the Construction SuperConference, now in its 30th year, which is recognized as the preeminent construction conference with impactful plenary sessions and compelling panel discussions from top legal, consulting, and leaders of construction companies bring to the forefront challenging issues and new insights into the legal, business, and economic challenges and opportunities in today’s construction industry.

The conference showcased many notable and expert in-house and outside construction counselors and consultants who take up the many challenges of advising construction industry participants in a challenging economy. Warner’s own Mark Anderson, EVP/COO, as a recognized expert in the industry, presented on the topic of “Using Risk Assessment, Game Theory and Other Techniques in Negotiating and Resolving Complex Disputes”.








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Virginia CLE 36th Annual Construction and Public Contracts Law Seminar

Warner had the privilege to provide sponsorship for the Virginia CLE 36th Annual Construction and Public Contracts Law Seminar held at Boar’s Head Inn in Charlottesville, Virginia, November 6-7, 2015. Warner Consultants, J. Kimon Yiasemides and Helen Kim attended as exhibitors to this seminar, which covered topics of interests such as advanced issues with Virginia mechanic’s liens, examination of construction experts, course legal ethics, and the great annual case law update.

Warner Wins – Contract for Streets ADA Upgrades

Warner was retained by its client to assist in preparing and recovering claims for changes in the scope of the work which resulted in added costs of performance of a task order contract with the Highway Authority for the installation of American with Disabilities (ADA) ramps and sidewalks in District 2, covering the cities of Perryville, Chesapeake City and Ridgely in eastern Maryland. Warner’s scope includes reviewing and analyzing the contract, unit rates and actual performance, as well as preparing its client’s claim.

Warner Wins – Chelsea Condominiums

Warner was retained by the law firm of Traub Lieberman Straus & Shrewsberry LLP, on behalf of its client, to analyze remediation and replacement costs resulting from a fire that occurred during the construction of a 10-story residential building in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City. The Project is an existing 6-story commercial building that was being converted into a 10-story residential condominium building. The Project is to encompass 40,000 square feet, with 14 units including full-floor penthouses on the 7th through 10th floors and the ground floor is to house commercial retail space. The Project was expected to be ready for move-in by the end of 2016.

Warner Wishes for Chris Bryant and Dick Olson

This holiday season the Warner team sends two of its long-time colleagues the best wishes on their move towards retirement. Chris Bryant, having celebrated 20 years with Warner, and Dick Olson, who has been with Warner a healthy 13 years, will both be moving into a semi-retirement status in January 2016.  As they move closer to full-time R&R, they will be missed but still a part of the team as they will be called in on occasion to take on assignments (when we miss them too much). As Warner celebrated the end of the year, it gave Chris and Dick a few parting gifts, roasting them a bit along the way, all in good jest. Congratulations to you both! IMG_0166

Warner’s Consultant as Guest Lecturer: Zeynep Guven

Warner’s own Zeynep Guven, recently presented as a guest lecturer at Bosphorus University, in IMG_2582 - Zeynep as LecturerIstanbul, Turkey. The lecture was part of the course “Construction Project Management” offered to professionals pursuing their Master’s degree in Construction Management at the University. Ms. Guven presented on construction contract administration and claims, with a focus on FIDIC contracts.





Join Warner in Istanbul Nov. 13

Warner’s own Mark Anderson, EVP/COO and Zenep Guven will be in Istanbul on November 13, 2015 hosting an International Construction Contract Administration and Claims Conference in conjunction with the Akinci Law Offices located in Istanbul. This conference will provide in-depth information in understanding the requirements for documentation and proof of costs and time extensions in the performance of contracts, as well as best practices to maximize recovery on variations and claims, with an emphasis on requirements under the standard FIDIC form of contract. See the attached flyer for more information about the conference and its speakers, who also include Prof. Dr. Ziya Akinci and Dr. Cemile Demir Gökyayla. Or feel free to contact us as well. Hope to see you there!

Intl Construction Contract Admin_Claims Conf – Istanbul 13Nov2015


Warner Webinar – Consideration of Claims in Schedule Updates

Join Warner’s Consultants Kimon Yiasemides and Zeynep Guven at 1pm on October 29, 2015 on ConstructionPro Network as they present on the consideration of claims issues in the creation and update of schedules.

Determining the impact of delays on a construction project is all too often only performed in the retrospective. Full consideration of claims issues while updating the project schedule, and even as early as during the creation of the baseline schedule, should be performed for many reasons. Strategies and best practices that can be used to amplify the power of your schedule as a claims support tool will be explained in developing the baseline and updating the schedule as Kimon and Zeynep present their webinar.

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Warner Wins – Lowe Block 8, Alexandria

Warner has been retained to help Lowe Enterprises in its development of the new 704,501 square foot Class A office headquarters for the National Science Foundation (NSF) for USAA Real Estate Company. The property is known as Block 8 at Hoffman Town Center in Alexandria, Virginia. The new headquarters building will consist of two inter-connected towers of 14 and 19 stories with dual cores off of a main entrance lobby at street level. The project will seek LEED Silver Commercial Interiors Certification.

Warner has been retained to provide CPM schedule review and reporting services, including the initial core and shell and tenant build-out construction, baseline CPM schedule and quarterly review of the monthly CPM schedule updates. Utilizing its CPM scheduling skills, knowledge, and expertise, Warner will report to and advise Lowe with regard to acceptability of the CPM baseline schedule and updates in keeping with best practices for CPM scheduling, network logic, constructability logic, and diagnostics, as well as Contract compliance.