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339382 - Managing Design Professionals’ Risk in the Design and Construction of Property Line Building Structures

Friday, April 20
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Location: 201B

This program will discuss the special risks that engineers face in connection with the design and construction of property line construction projects. It will be presented from both the engineering and legal perspectives. Through a series of case studies, the speakers will introduce the parts of excavation and construction that can present the greatest risks to design professionals, offer examples of practical engineering solutions to mitigating such risks, and discuss how design professionals can protect themselves from a professional perspective prior to, during, and after construction.

By the end of this session attendees will:
• Identify the types of regulations and building code provisions that play a role in the risk faced by designers of property-line construction projects;
• Identify high-risk components of property-line construction projects;
• Identify key steps that can be taken by designers to reduce the risk of damage and injury, both before and during construction; and
• Identify how design professionals can protect themselves legally from claims associated with damage to adjoining properties.

Benjamin Cornelius

Partner
LERA Consulting Structural Engineers

Structural designer and forensic engineer Benjamin M. Cornelius grew up with a passion for buildings and what makes them stand up—to people, the environment, and time. With that came a curiosity for why certain buildings fall short. At the Pennsylvania State University, Ben studied architectural engineering with an emphasis on structural systems design and went on to join the firm of Leslie E. Robertson Associates (LERA) Consulting Structural Engineers in New York. After nearly two decades of designing structures for a range of projects—including the Broad Museum in Los Angeles, the renovation and expansion of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in New York, and the supertall TransNational Place in Boston—Ben turned his attention to investigating structural failures. For the past five years, he has led LERA’s Investigations and Expert Witness Practice and has conducted forensic investigations in North America, Europe, and Asia in disputes totaling more than $700 million. He has provided consultations in disputes involving tall buildings, residential structures, embassy complexes, historic buildings, sports and entertainment structures, and transportation facilities. He is passionate about bringing clarity to the often complex issues underlying problems on construction projects. Ben is a member of ACEC’s Emerging Leaders Committee, has served as an adjunct faculty member at the Rhode Island School of Design, and is the chair of ASCE's Committee on Forensic Investigations.

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Benjamin Cornelius

Partner
LERA Consulting Structural Engineers

Structural designer and forensic engineer Benjamin M. Cornelius grew up with a passion for buildings and what makes them stand up—to people, the environment, and time. With that came a curiosity for why certain buildings fall short. At the Pennsylvania State University, Ben studied architectural engineering with an emphasis on structural systems design and went on to join the firm of Leslie E. Robertson Associates (LERA) Consulting Structural Engineers in New York. After nearly two decades of designing structures for a range of projects—including the Broad Museum in Los Angeles, the renovation and expansion of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in New York, and the supertall TransNational Place in Boston—Ben turned his attention to investigating structural failures. For the past five years, he has led LERA’s Investigations and Expert Witness Practice and has conducted forensic investigations in North America, Europe, and Asia in disputes totaling more than $700 million. He has provided consultations in disputes involving tall buildings, residential structures, embassy complexes, historic buildings, sports and entertainment structures, and transportation facilities. He is passionate about bringing clarity to the often complex issues underlying problems on construction projects. Ben is a member of ACEC’s Emerging Leaders Committee, has served as an adjunct faculty member at the Rhode Island School of Design, and is the chair of ASCE's Committee on Forensic Investigations.

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Kriton A. Pantelidis

Associate
Welby, Brady & Greenblatt, LLP

Kriton A. Pantelidis is an associate of Welby, Brady & Greenblatt, LLP. His practice focuses on counseling clients regarding all issues of construction law (with a particular emphasis on those affecting design professionals).

Mr. Pantelidis has experience representing every type of construction project participant, including architects, engineers, general contractors, construction managers, trade contractors, owners, developers, and materials suppliers in complex litigation involving bodily injury, property damage, breach of contract, and commercial economic loss. In addition, Mr. Pantelidis drafts and negotiates various construction and design agreements and advises clients on myriad issues arising out of particular projects (both public and private) including but not limited to insurance coverage, professional practice, payment disputes, scope of work changes, contract interpretation and modification, delays, payment and performance bonds, termination, liens, and intricate intellectual property concerns.

Notable cases Mr. Pantelidis has been involved with include: 1) A multi-million dollar business interruption/engineering malpractice claim involving a billion dollar construction project at the United Nations; 2) The 51st street crane collapse, which engendered an economic loss suit by the developer’s bridge loan lender (for an amount in excess of $60 million) involving a complicated zoning opinion issued by the developer’s architect; and 3) A copyright infringement law suit involving a specialty interior design architectural firm, which arose out of the construction of the cosmopolitan hotel in Las Vegas; he was successful in having the case dismissed, a decision upheld by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit before which he argued personally.

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