San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Bringing your project in claim free, on time, & on budget!
Dispute Resolution Boards (DRBs) are recognized worldwide for their effectiveness in the “real time” avoidance and resolution of disputes on major projects. Embraced by government agencies, private owners, and multi-lateral banks, DRBs ensure project success through significant decreases in costs and time overruns, because potential disputes are resolved during the construction of the project, instead of waiting till the project is completed. Inclusion of a DRB facilitates building trust and communication between the owner, contractor, project manager, and the design professionals. This seminar will show how architects can assist owners in developing a strategy of integrating a DRB on projects of all sizes and types, to bring the project in on time and budget.
- Discover the DRB method to avoid and resolve disputes during construction
- Find solutions to build trust between the various stakeholders
- Learn the basics of how a DRB functions
- Develop specification clauses for DRB’s
William B. Baker, Civil Engineer, Arbitrator, Mediator, DRB Member
Bill has more than 40 years experience as an arbitrator and mediator in the construction industry and has served on more than 160 Dispute Resolution Boards. He has extensive experience in construction management, planning, budgeting, and negotiation as Vice President of the University of California nine campus system. He was responsible for negotiation of multi-billion dollar operating and capital budgets and governmental relations at state and federal levels, oversight of an annual $1.5 billion construction program, for projects including laboratories, office buildings, bio-medical facilities, hospitals, libraries, auditoria, concert halls, seismic retrofit, ADA compliance, utility systems and tunnels, roads, bridges, parking structures, site development, landscape and master planning. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a Past President of the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation.
Eric Smith, Professional Engineer, DBIA
Eric is a California Regional Manager for Olympic Associates, a full service construction management firm. Based in the Bay Area, Eric heads a growing practice serving the commercial and institutional real estate community. He has a diverse background in the facilities and construction industry as owner, contractor and consultant. His career includes nine years as Director of Major Capital Projects at the University of Washington, where he led a capital program that delivered over $1.6 billion in healthcare, laboratory, academic and infrastructure projects. Dispute Resolution Boards were an integral part of every project in that program, during which there were no formal disputes or claims. Eric holds a Bachelor of Science degree in ocean engineering from the United States Naval Academy and a Master of Science degree in construction management from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a registered professional civil engineer and a retired U.S. Naval Officer.
Elizabeth A. Tippin, Esq., Arbitrator, Mediator, DRB Member
Elizabeth is outside general counsel for numerous architecture and other design professional firms. She balances legal services with providing dispute resolution services, having served for five years as an Administrative Law Judge for the State of California and successfully resolving over 1000 cases. Elizabeth has extensive experience in drafting and negotiation of contracts for architectural services for domestic and international projects, advising on risk management, and negotiation of conflict on construction projects. Her experience includes commercial buildings, fire stations, airports, schools, water treatment plants, tunneling and micro-tunneling projects, energy, highway and bridge construction. She is a member of the Commercial and Construction Panels of American Arbitration Association and has served as a DRB member for both vertical construction and bridge/highway construction projects. She is a member of the Board of Directors of AIASF.
When & Where
AIA San Francisco - AIASF
Serving the Bay Area for more than a century, the American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter (AIASF) offers professional development and networking opportunities as well as public forums, tours, lectures, and gallery exhibitions that provide architects and design enthusiasts with many opportunities to explore the local built environment.