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Presenter: Mark Becker and 2 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Eagan, MN

Holiday Inn Airport SE-Mall Area
2700 Pilot Knob Road
Eagan, MN 55121
Phone: 651-454-3434

This seminar is closed or full.


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

Minnesota Attorneys
     7.0 Standard CLE Hours

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 course information under this course listing.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for architects in Florida. HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), North Carolina, and North Dakota. HalfMoon Education is deemed a New York CE provider for architects and engineers.

The Minnesota Board of CLE has approved this course for 7.0 standard CLE hours for attorneys.

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 Becker

Attorney & Shareholder at Fabyanske Westra Hart & Thomson

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 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 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: AIA Contract Document Workshop

Delivery Method: Live

Course Description: This is a 7.0 hour live lecture presentation with the instructors and students together in the same room. It will be conducted in a handicap-accessible conference room with ample seating space and writing surface for all attendees. Bound written materials, authored by the faculty, will be distributed to all participants at the program. Attendance will be monitored and reported to AIA/CES.

Learning Objectives: 

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to know when to use AIA Standard forms A101-2017, A102-2017, B101-2017, A133-2009, A141-2014, A401-2017, and C401-2017, and they will be able to identify the obligations and project participant relationships that are created by those agreements.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to know when to use and the obligations of supplemental or alternate AIA contract documents A105-2017, A107-2007, B105-2017, and "SP" Series for Sustainable Projects.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to define key contract terminology, be able to differentiate types of construction contracts, explain the roles and relationships of the project participants, and discuss legal issues of construction contract interpretation.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to identify changes to AIA A201: General Conditions affecting project participant relationships, changes in work, time, paymnets and completion, protection of persons and property, insurance and bonds, defects and correction of work, termination, suspension, claims and disputes.

LUs: 7.0                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with AIA forms and contracts.

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 06/26/2020

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.