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Presenter: Christopher A. Ferlito and 1 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Toledo, OH

Radisson Hotel at The University of Toledo Medical Center
3100 Glendale Avenue
Toledo, OH 43614
Phone: 419-381-6800

This seminar is closed or full.


Registration:                    8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:             8:30 am - 11:45 pm

Lunch (On your own):      11:45 - 12:45 pm

Afternoon Session:           12:45 - 4:30 pm

Distinguishing between Construction Defects and Failures
V. Fratinardo

   Defining defects
   --Causes of defects: problems with design, materials and/or construction
   Defining failures
   --Causes of failures: deterioration, unintended use, “Acts of God”

Examining Common Defects and Failures
V. Fratinardo

   Analyzing defects and failures for methodology and causality
   --Site selection and engineering
   --Building design
   --Foundation design and construction
   --Design and construction of floors, walls and roofing
   --Exploring defects and failures in mechanical and electrical systems

Adopting Practices that Reduce Defects and Failures
V. Fratinardo

   Reviewing proposed use and preparing construction documents
   Complying with building codes and standards
   Choosing materials and construction techniques
   --Investigating new materials and construction techniques
   Monitoring construction
   Correcting problems before project completion
   Building commissioning, operation and maintenance

Preventing and Resolving Disputes Generated by Defects and Failures
C. Ferlito

   Identifying parties with potential liability
   Understanding theories of liability
   Identifying defenses to liability
   --Timeliness, contractual defenses, crossclaims and counterclaims
   Participating in conflict resolution procedures
   --Mediation, arbitration, litigation
   Reviewing types of damages and how they are calculated
   Insurance coverage issues

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors

Professional Engineers
   6.5 PDHs

   6.5 HSW Continuing Ed. Hours 
   6.5 AIA HSW Learning Units

   Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

 Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 6.5 PDHs to professional engineers and 6.5 HSW continuing education hours to architects in all states. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Ohio.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida, Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), North Carolina, and North Dakota.

This seminar is approved by the American Institute of Architects for 6.5 HSW Learning Units (Sponsor No. J885). Only full attendance can be reported to the AIA/CES.

This course offers a non-credit continuing education opportunity to contractors. It has not been approved by any state contractor licensing entity for licensing maintenance.

Attendance will be monitored and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire event. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.


Christopher A. Ferlito

Associate Attorney in Clark Hill PLC’s Construction Law Business Unit
Mr. Ferlito is a commercial litigation attorney specializing in the construction, real estate and business industries. He has experience in litigating numerous matters involving contract disputes, business torts, construction lien matters, collection matters, landlord/tenant matters and other real estate/property matters. Mr. Ferlito has represented clients in both state and federal courts, and in alternative dispute resolution including arbitration, mediation and facilitation. His representation of clients includes general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, developers, owners, local governments, municipalities and individuals. As a result of his work with his family’s construction business prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Ferlito gained extensive experience and an understanding of the construction and business industries. He applies the knowledge and skills he learned and acquired in the business to his practice of law today. Mr. Ferlito’s background in construction and business serves to advise his clients appropriately and efficiently. He assists in determining the best strategies for his clients and helps to effectively manage their cases.

Vincent F. Fratinardo, P.E., S.E., RRC

Mr. Fratinardo is a civil/structural engineer and roof consultant. His over 20 years of experience includes civil and structural engineering analysis, design, construction administration, field investigation, and project management, and 13 years of experience specific to forensic engineering and the investigation and analysis of building damage and failures. Mr. Fratinardo has designed numerous new buildings, building additions, building renovations, and mechanical platforms and supports. He has designed and analyzed roof, wall and floor framing systems utilizing steel, concrete, masonry, and wood construction. Mr. Fratinardo has vast expertise in commercial, industrial, agricultural, municipal, educational and residential building damage investigations, including on-site investigations after 25 different tornado events, and Hurricanes Irene, Sandy, Matthew, Harvey, Irma, Maria and Florence. He has legal experience in depositions, arbitration hearings and trials. He has prepared and performed numerous continuing education presentations, including on an array of topics in forensic engineering, structural engineering and building codes for HalfMoon Education Inc., in multiple states since 2014. Mr. Fratinardo graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor of science degree in Civil Engineering, and he also holds a master of engineering degree in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University. He is a registered professional engineer in multiple states and a licensed structural engineer in Illinois.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $289.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $289.00
Group Prices
3 or more people each: $269.00

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.

AIA Info:

AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES (cesupport@aia.org or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

Course Title: Preventing and Addressing Construction Defects and Failures

Delivery Method: Live

Course Description: This 6.5 hour live lecture presentation covers the differences between construction defects and construction failures, common defects and failures, adopting practices that reduce defects and failures, and resolving disputes generated by defects and failures.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to assist in analyzing defects and failures for methodology and causality, including site selection, building design, foundation design and construction, design and construction of floors, walls, roofing , and mechanical and electrical systems

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to discuss theories of liability, participate in conflict resolution procedures, damage calculations, and defenses to liability.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to distinguish between construction defects and construction failures and describe their most common causes.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to adopt practices that reduce construction defects and failures, including reviewing and preparing construction documents, building code and standard compliance, material selection, construction techniques, construction monitoring, and correcting problems before construction completion.

LUs: 6.5                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Familiarity of construction methods and materials. 

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 06/27/2021

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to doug@halfmoonseminars.org or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost, or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.