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Perhaps you can reduce your insurance cost by setting
a time limit when a lawsuit can be brought against
you, say to a year after the end of construction. I
believe this is called "period of repose". Your
insurance co can help you write the appropriate
paragraph in your contract.

--- "Alexander (Sasha) Itsekson" <sasha(--nospam--at)>

> Dear list:
> The architectural client asked me to provide a fee
> proposal for townhouse
> project consisting of 29 units out of which four
> buildings are 4 unit
> buildings each and the rest are a single family
> homes with 3 to4 inches gap
> between them.  There are total of 4 separate
> building designs.
> Below is the information I have to date:
> .The project budget is approx. $3.4 million
> .Consultants' & Architect's fees anticipated to be
> approx. 13% of
> construction or $450,000 total.
> .The architect anticipates approximately 7 months in
> design and
> documentation and then 20 months under construction.
> .The project is in California, West Sacramento
> county, non-expansive clays,
> spread footing foundation.
> .The rear of the 1 acre property is on a slight
> slope and is adjacent to the
> railroad tracks
> .These are town homes and NOT condominiums, the
> architect ahs a complete
> indemnification in their contract with the developer
> in case of the condo
> conversion.  They suggested that we add the similar
> language in our contract
> with them.  However, I am told that there will a
> home owner's association.
> .The developer does not have a wrap around insurance
> policy for the project
> and requires 1mln/2mln aggregate policy for all the
> members of the design
> team.  I currently have 250k/500k policy and I
> estimated that it would cost
> me 3k/yr for 10 years to get a project specific
> rider, if I can get one.
> I don't know how reasonable the construction
> estimate is.  Assuming that the
> estimate is on the money what would be the
> appropriate percentage for the
> structural fee?  I can estimate the design fee for
> the 4 separate building
> types, but how do I estimate the fee for the rest of
> the buildings?
> Considering the additional cost of insurance does it
> even have any sense in
> pursuing this project?  I order to make it worth my
> while the fee should be
> in order of 2% of the construction cost.
> What are other things that I have to be watching out
> for?
> Your advice is greatly appreciated.
> Alexander (Sasha) Itsekson, SE
> Enginious Structures
> Oakland, CA
> 510.601.1646
> <> 

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