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Presenter: Allison Collins and 4 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: East Lansing, MI

Marriott at University Place
300 Michigan Agricultural College Ave.
East Lansing, MI 48823
Phone: 517-337-4440

This seminar is closed or full.


Registration:                        8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:                8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Lunch (On your own):         12:30 - 1:30 pm

Afternoon Session:             1:30 - 4:30 pm

Public Procurement Law Applicable 
to Construction Contracting 
B. Schumacher

   Procurement laws for counties, municipalities and other local government entities
   Traditional vs. alternative delivery methods
   Public/private partnerships

Bidding on Public Projects
B. Schumacher

   Understanding competitive bidding requirements
   Reviewing bid package
   Prequalification of bidders, bid bonding
   Challenging bid awards
   Submitting bids

Safety Laws for Excavations
T. Hansen

   Angle of repose
   Qualified person
   Adjacent structures/obstructions

Contracting in Public Projects
M. Koerner
   Design professional contracts and project management
      • Requirements for professional design services and construction manager contracts
   Construction contracts—understanding key provisions
      • Payments and changes
      • Scope of work and changes
      • Insurance and bonding

Environmental Issues in Government Construction 
A. Collins/R. Hamor
   Effective environmental due diligence
   Water supply, discharge and wetlands permitting
   Redevelopment of brownfields properties and governmental incentives
   Environmental risk allocation

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors

Professional Engineers
     6.5 Continuing Ed. Hours

     6.5 HSW CE Hours
     6.5 AIA LU|HSW

     Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 6.5 continuing education hours/PDHs to professional engineers and 6.5 HSW continuing education hours to architects in Michigan. Educators and courses are not subject to pre-approval in Michigan.

This course is approved by the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System for 6.5 LU|HSW (Provider No. J885). Only full attendance is reportable to the AIA/CES. Visit www.halfmoonseminars.org for complete AIA/CES information under this course listing.

Professional engineers and architects seeking continuing education credit in other states will be able to claim the hours earned at this seminar, in most cases. Refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility.

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.


Allison Collins

Attorney with Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC, Lansing

Ms. Collins is a member of the General Litigation Practice Group and the Agri-Business Practice Group. She has extensive experience in environmental litigation in both state and federal courts. Ms. Collins practice also includes agricultural law, insurance coverage and insurance defense. Representing clients at all phases of litigation, she handles a wide range of complex environmental, commercial and insurance litigation matters on behalf of municipalities, schools, companies and individuals.

Robert A. Hamor

Attorney with Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC, Southfield

Mr. Hamor provides value-added representation for clients in the areas of for-profit and non-profit corporate transactions and governance, commercial real estate, and related litigation matters. Known for his responsiveness and no-nonsense advice, he zealously represents his clients relating to the formation, governance and development of businesses entities; contract negotiation, drafting, implementation and enforcement; real estate matters such as leases, purchase agreements, environmental compliance and enforcement of property-related contracts; construction contracts and disputes; government compliance in regulated industries; employment issues; and buying and selling businesses.

Tom Hansen

Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA)

Mr. Hansen is a construction safety consultant for the southeastern Michigan counties. He has worked as a construction safety and health division field inspector for more than eight years before joining the Consultation Education & Training (CET) Division of MIOSHA. Inspecting jobsites for compliance with safety standards, investigating construction accidents and testifying on behalf of the State in court cases are just a few of the roles he has served. Mr. Hansen also represented the Construction Division on MIOSHA’s Safety and Health Advisory Committee for more than six years. He has an Associate of Applied Science degree and a Bachelor of Science degree. His collective experiences working in the trades and with MIOSHA’s construction safety standards have well prepared him to pass along his passion for safety in the workplace.

Mark T. Koerner

Senior Attorney with Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC, Lansing

Mr. Koerner has built a reputation of customizing his services to address the specific concerns of each client. He assists municipal entities (including transit authorities and drain commissioners), businesses, and IT clients in achieving their legal goals, developing their organizations and minimizing risk. Mr. Koerner understands the unique challenges that clients face. On a daily basis, he works to find practical solutions to complex problems.

Brandon M. H. Schumacher

Attorney with Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC, Lansing

Mr. Schumacher’s areas of practice include general and commercial litigation, construction law, bankruptcy and restructuring, zoning and land use, agri-business, real estate law and insurance and regulatory compliance. He represents individuals, companies and municipalities in a wide variety of complex litigation matters. Mr. Schumacher focuses on construction law; licensure disputes; the Michigan Construction Lien Act, including prosecution and defense; Builders Trust Fund Act; workmanship and warranty disputes; contract disputes relating to owners, general contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers; bidding and bonding in public projects; public procurement law; the Michigan Condominium Act; and all litigation matters related to the construction industry. He works diligently to achieve results that align with his client’s objectives.

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: Construction Law for Public Projects

Delivery Method: Live

Course Description: This 6.5 hour live lecture presentation examines public procurement law applicable to construction contracting, bidding on public projects, safety laws for excavations, contracting in public projects, and environmental issues in government construction.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to comply with public procurement laws for the purchase of goods and services by the government, the purpose of which is to protect the public from fraud, waste, and corruption by public officials and those in the public sector.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to comply with requirements for bidding on public projects, which are designed to protect the public by ensuring that the government receives the lowest legitimate quote for quality construction services, and which protect the public by preventing fraud and favoritism.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to comply with laws designed to promote safety during public construction projects, protecting workers and the public from excavation accidents, and protecting adjacent buildings from damage during construction.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to comply with environmental laws during government construction projects, including laws which protect water supplies from pollution in construction site discharges and laws which encourage redevelopment of brownfields into safe and attractive public spaces.

LUs: 6.5                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with construction contracting. 

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 09/04/2022

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.