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Presenter: Mark McAlpine and 2 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Livonia, MI

Livonia Marriott
17100 Laurel Park Drive North
Livonia, MI 48152
Phone: 734-462-3100

This seminar is closed or full.


Registration:                        8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:                8:30 - 11:45 am

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

Afternoon Session:             12:45 - 5:00 pm

Facilitating the Project with  
Effective Construction Contracting
M. McAlpine

  Understanding the legal rights/duties of project participants: owners, 
      contractors, design services firms, subcontractors and suppliers
   Understanding your project delivery system: design-bid-build, design-build, 
      construction manager, construction manager-at-risk
   Using standard or custom contract documents: AIA, ConsensusDocs, others
   Understanding key contract concepts and terms: performance, breach, 
      warranties, guarantees, indemnity, damages
   Modifying contracts and selecting dispute resolution mechanisms

Protecting the Project with Bonds and Insurance 
M. McAlpine

   Obtaining construction bonds
      • Performance 
      • Payment 
      • Alternatives to bonds
   Obtaining insurance
      • Commercial general liability insurance 
      • Builder’s risk insurance
      • Errors and omissions insurance 
      • Additional/alternative insurance
   Claims and notice issues

Making Changes and Resolving Disputes  
during the Construction Process
M. McAlpine

   Making changes to the contract and contracted work
      • Types of changes: ordered and constructive changes
      • The contract change clause
      • Requirements for making changes 
      • Liability issues
   Solving problems during the construction process
      • Site conditions 
      • Delays 
      • Disruption
      • Acceleration 
      • Accidents

Ensuring Environmental Compliance During  
the Construction Process 
S. Mikalonis

   Stormwater management
   Erosion and sedimentation control
   Water quality preservation
   Air quality preservation
   Methods for handling contaminated media

Participating in the Bidding Process 
T. Trapnell

   Understanding competitive bidding requirements
   Reviewing bid package
   Prequalification of bidders, bid bonding
   Submitting bids
   Handling errors and changes

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors

Professional Engineers
     7.0 Continuing Ed. Hours

     Non-Credit in Michigan

     Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 7.0 continuing education hours/PDHs to Michigan professional engineers. Educators and courses are not subject to pre-approval in Michigan.

This course offers a 7.0 hour continuing education opportunity to Michigan architects. The subject matter may not qualify as HSW, as required by the State of Michigan.

This seminar offers contractors a non-credit continuing education opportunity. It has not been approved by any state contractor licensing entity with a continuing education requirement.

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.


Mark McAlpine

Principal at McAlpine P.C.

Mr. McAlpine has specialized in construction law and litigation for over 35 years. He is the founding principal of McAlpine P.C., a 10-lawyer construction and complex litigation law firm headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Mr. McAlpine regularity represents owners, general contractors, specialty subcontractors, sureties and design professionals in connection with large and complex commercial projects throughout the country. He has served on the adjunct law faculty of the Wayne State School of Law teaching contracts and construction law and is a frequent lecturer for a wide variety of industry associations, including the Associated General Contractors of America and the American Bar Association.

Saulius Mikalonis

Senior Attorney at Plunkett Cooney

Mr. Mikalonis has specialized in environmental law for over 30 years. He leads Plunkett Cooney’s Bloomfield Hills office in the practices of environment, energy and resources law and cannabis business law. Mr. Mikalonis focuses his practice on all aspects of environmental, energy and sustainability law. He has been published extensively and has particular expertise in cutting edge issues concerning greenhouse gases, renewable energy and green building. Mr. Mikalonis practices regularly before state and federal agencies including the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE), the Environmental Protection Agency and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Thomas Trapnell

Attorney at McAlpine P.C.

Mr. Trapnell has represented contractors in major construction disputes including bridge demolition, sewer rehabilitation, factory construction, and automotive manufacturing equipment installation. He is experienced in aspects of construction-related disputes ranging from initial case analysis to trial preparation. Mr. Trapnell has been recognized in Michigan Super Lawyers – Rising Stars from 2015 through the present. He is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Michigan Law School.

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.