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I don't think this is practical because many of these types of suits are third party liability suits (suits brought by someone not a party to the original contract) over which neither you or the developer would have any control.  Now if you could get your state legislature to set such limits... 
Bill Cain, S.E.
Berkeley CA
-----Original Message-----
From: IRV FRUCHTMAN <ifaeng(--nospam--at)>
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Sent: Thu, 29 Jun 2006 05:29:07 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Re: Town homes project pricing

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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