I would suggest you ask your lawyer if such an agreement would protect you
from liability for the other units. It may protect you from the owner but
what about the occupants or public in general? Your fee should cover the
cost of the libility insurance for each unit built.
Steve Jacobsen, P.E.
NNW, Inc. Consulting Engineers
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Sent: Wednesday, February 09, 2000 2:06 PM
Subject: Plan Reuse Fee
> I have a project which consists of an eight-unit, three story apartment
> building block that will be repeated about 100 times on the same site,
> totaling 800 or so apartment units to be owned, built, and maintained as a
> rental property by the same developer.
> In negotiating the structural design fee, I am asking for a lump sum fee
> the model building plus an additional per use fee for each additional
> building to be built on the site. The architect has agreed to waive his
> rights to the "reuse fee" and accepted a fee and liability for the design
> the model building only.
> The owner wants me to accept the same arrangement as the architect has
> to, but I am not comfortable with that and am about the inform the
> of my disinterest. Before I do that, I would appreciate some comments from
> others who had similar experiences. Remember that these are apartment
> buildings and not condominium units. However, my feeling is that it may be
> possible to convert the apartments into condominiums in the future.
> Any thoughts?
> Oshin Tosounian, S.E.