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Registration:                        8:00 - 8:30 am
Morning Session:                8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Lunch (On your own):         12:00 - 1:00 pm
Afternoon Session:             1:00 - 5:00 pm

Construction Contract Fundamentals                                                            M. Rowley

   Contract terminology
      • Parties, consideration, term, performance, substantial performance,
        breach, remedies, damages
   Understanding types of construction contracts:
      • Stipulated sum
      • Cost plus fee
      • Design build
      • Construction management
   Understanding roles and relationships of project participants:
      • Owners, architects/engineers, construction managers, contractors, subs and suppliers
   Contract negotiation and drafting
   Exploring the law of construction contract interpretation

The Primary AIA Contract Documents                                                          M. Rowley

   A101-2017 Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Contractor (Stipulated Sum)
   A102-2017 Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Contractor 
      (Cost Plus Fee with GMP)
   B101 - 2017 Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Architect
   A133-2009 Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Construction Manager 
      Where Construction Manager is also Constructor
   A141 - 2014 Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Design Builder
   A401 - 2017 Standard Form of Agreement Between Contractor and Subcontractor
   C401 - 2017 Standard Form of Agreement Between Architect and Consultant

AIA A201: General Conditions                                                                        M. Becker

   Overview of new updates to AIA documents
   General provisions
   Project participants: owner, contractor, architect, engineer, subcontractors
   Changes in the work
   Time, payments and completion
   Protection of persons and property, insurance and bonds
   Defects in and correction of work
   Miscellaneous provisions
   Termination, suspension, claims and disputes

Supplemental or Alternate AIA Contract Documents                              J. Thompson

   A105-2017 Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Contractor
      for a Residential or Small Commercial Project 
   A107-2017 Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Contractor
      for a Project of Limited Scope 
   B105-2017 Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Architect
      for a Residential or Small Commercial Project 
   The “SP” Series for Sustainable Projects
   AIA Contract Documents for Digital Practice

Case Study: Reviewing Completed Contract Documents                       J. Thompson
for a Sample Project 

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers

     7.0 PDHs (HSW)
     7.0 AIA LU|HSW

Professional Engineers
     7.0 PDHs

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 7.0 professional development hours (HSW) to architects and professional engineers in all states. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Minnesota.

This seminar is approved by the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System for 7.0 LU|HSW (Sponsor No. J885). Only full attendance is reportable to the AIA/CES. Visit www.halfmoonseminars.org for complete AIA/CES information under this course listing.

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. HalfMoon Education is deemed a New York CE provider for architects and engineers.

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 R. Becker

Shareholder with Fabyanske Westra Hart & Thomson in Minneapolis

Mr. Becker is a leading construction lawyer recognized for his skillful advocacy and professionalism in resolving his clients’ most challenging construction-related disputes or negotiating their most significant construction contracts. His experience and practice focus on innovative early mediation methods of dispute resolution set him apart from other lawyers with a traditional litigation-centric focus. Through his effective early mediation advocacy, Mr. Becker has successfully resolved many high-stakes, multi-party, and complex construction disputes for his clients before the onset of the most significant litigation expense. He employs early case evaluation, quantitative analysis, and strategic planning methods to guide clients through their disputes. Mr. Becker served as chair of the Construction Law Section of the Minnesota Bar Association in 2017. He is a member of the Associated General Contractors of Minnesota.

Mr. Becker received his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Northwestern University, McCormick School of Engineering, and his J.D. degree from University of Iowa College of Law. He is a Fellow of the Construction Lawyers Society of America.

Michael S. Rowley

Attorney with Goetz & Eckland P.A. in Minneapolis

Mr. Rowley primarily practices in commercial and residential construction defect litigation. He has extensive experience representing all types of parties, including cities and school districts, private owners, design professionals, contractors, and their insurance companies. He has drafted and defended numerous construction contracts for commercial and residential projects. His practice includes analysis and motions involving contractual indemnity and insurance coverage related to construction projects. He is a frequent speaker on construction defect topics to insurance industry groups and in continuing legal education seminars. Mr. Rowley is a board member of the Construction Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association. He is named a Minnesota Super Lawyer by Minnesota Law & Politics.

Jennifer A. Thompson

Partner at TTLO Law in Edina, MN

Ms. Thompson has been practicing construction and real estate law her entire legal career. Her work includes multi-party construction litigation as well as multi-party, multi-tier transactional work, including contract negotiation and drafting. Her legal practice involves assisting clients on bidding, contracting, and claims prosecution for both public and private projects. This work involves such matters as advising and counseling clients on issues of government contracting, including procurement and government regulations. Ms. Thompson has experience in surety work, mechanic’s lien claims, construction defects, and construction contract disputes. She is the legal advisor to the Association of Women Contractors (AWC) and takes great pride in her work representing women-owned construction businesses in matters relating to WBE, DBE, and MBE certifications, as well as other construction and business matters. Ms. Thompson currently serves as the treasurer of the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA). She is the chair of the MSBA Membership Committee and a member of the MSBA Council and Assembly. Ms. Thompson is also a past-chair of the Construction Law Section of the MSBA.

Tuition Costs:

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

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