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Krista H. Kapp Inducted Into The Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys

October 19, 2017

Laurie & Brennan, LLP congratulates Krista H. Kapp on her recent induction into The Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys (SOICA).  Krista joins Laurie & Brennan, LLP partners Ty Laurie, Dan Brennan, and Ryan Hiss in this prestigious organization.

From Right to Left: Ty D. Laurie, Daniel S. Brennan, Krista H. Kapp, Ryan A. Hiss

From Right to Left: Ty D. Laurie, Daniel S. Brennan, Krista H. Kapp, Ryan A. Hiss

SOICA is an invitation-only organization for Illinois-based construction attorneys who have demonstrated the highest ethical standards of practice, have made substantial professional contributions to the industry, and who are dedicated to excellence in the practice of construction law.  SOICA stresses collegiality and provides a forum for its members to exchange experience and knowledge in order to enhance the understanding of the social and economic forces that impact the construction industry, the technical and business practices of the construction industry, and the laws that underlie construction processes.

Krista, who focuses her practice on the drafting and negotiation of complex construction contracts and design agreements, looks forward to sharing her own knowledge and experience and learning from the knowledge and experience of her fellow SOICA members.

For more information on SOICA, visit the SOICA website at  To contact Krista H. Kapp or another attorney at Laurie & Brennan, LLP, please call our office at (312) 445-8780.



Dan Brennan’s Contribution to The 2017 A201 Deskbook

October 16, 2017

Dan Brennan, one of Laurie & Brennan, LLP’s founding partners, is proud to be a contributing author for the American Bar Association’s Forum on Construction Law’s newly released book, The 2017 A201 Deskbook.


Earlier this year, The American Institute of Architects (AIA) released its revised A201 General Conditions of the Contract for Construction, which is updated every ten years. The A201 is among the most frequently used documents of all AIA construction forms.

The 2017 A201 Deskbook provides a comprehensive and detailed guide to the new AIA A201, identifying and analyzing the significant changes made to the A201 document.  The Deskbook also provides a section-by-section critical analysis of the A201, including case law interpretations and practice tips to assist construction law practitioners.  The 2017 A201 Deskbook is available through ABA Book Publishing here.  Additional information about the ABA Forum on Construction Law, can be found here.

To contact Dan Brennan or another attorney at Laurie & Brennan, LLP, please call our office at (312) 445-8780 or visit our website at

Philadelphia Jury Hands Down $5.5 Million Judgment Against Architectural Firm

June 18, 2015

In May, 2015 a jury awarded the City College of Philadelphia (CCP) $5.5 million against design firm Burt Hill (now part of Stantec) for breach of contract and professional negligence. The suit arose following large budget overruns and construction delays on a massive expansion and renovation project aimed at transforming CCP’s campus into a functionally modern—and aesthetically inviting—facility to serve its nearly 40,000 students.

According to CCP’s court filings, Burt Hill made multiple misrepresentations that induced CCP to hire the firm. These representations included Burt Hill’s ability to handle all architectural and engineering work in-house and that the project would be staffed by senior-level professionals experienced in comparable projects. CCP contended that Burt Hill, in an attempt to save money and mask its lack of qualifications in multiple project areas,  subcontracted engineering and other design services, assigned an inexperienced and unlicensed professional as lead project architect, and staffed the project with interns from Drexel University. CCP claimed the outsourcing resulted in a series of errors and omissions, and ultimately to significant delays and substantial additional project costs.

According to CCP, Burt Hill submitted plans and specifications for bid—six months behind its own schedule—that the firm knew were incomplete and riddled with errors. In doing so, Burt Hill “relinquish[ed] its quality-control obligation over its own documents to the bidding contractors.” CCP alleged this constituted a breach of Burt Hill’s professional obligations, and allowed contractors to charge premium prices for change order work required to complete the project. In addition, delays in the delivery of construction documents required eliminating the planned, staggered construction schedule that Burt Hill initially proposed for cost-efficiency purposes. Instead, the new construction and renovation portions of the project were undertaken concurrently, further adding to project costs. All told, the project’s cost ultimately ran $14 million over the initial $28 million budget.

Burt Hill’s defense claimed the project was plagued by well-documented owner-directed changes.  It claimed that once purported change order errors and omissions arising from these changes and related issues were culled out, those remaining—and attributable to the entire design team—were “well within the margins” permitted by professional standards.

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