ALFA International Publications

July 27, 2022
“When crews began demolishing the back of the former Grand Central nightclub for a planned eight-story office redevelopment in Mount Vernon, residents of the historic building next door noticed loud construction noise and, then, something more surprising: Large cracks appeared under the windows and at one corner of the ornate Italianate structure dating back to the 1860s. In one of the apartment…
July 27, 2022
THE HISTORY OF MODULAR CONSTRUCTION What is Modular Construction? Modular construction is a system of building a structure that assembles sections or modules of that structure off-site in a manufacturing plant, and then transports and assembles the sections or modules on site. The modules are often compared to building blocks or legos that “click” together on site to form a cohesive and complete s…
July 27, 2022
The Current State of Infrastructure In Light of the IIJA  The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (“IIJA”) is a new law that provides much-needed investments aimed at improving America’s transportation infrastructure systems. The IIJA includes the largest increase in federal highway and public transportation investment in more than 50 years.[1] The IIJA, which was signed into law on Novem…
July 27, 2022
Wrap Insurance What is it? A wrap-up policy is a risk financing option.  It makes sense only on larger projects because of the increased cost of administration.  Also known as a Controlled Insurance Program (“CIP”), it is centrally purchased and administered for a single project or a series of projects.  CIPs provide insurance coverage for all or most of the project participants—own…
July 27, 2022
Since the Federal Aviation Administration has approved drones for commercial use, they have become the way of the future.  Industries such as agriculture, construction, energy, insurance, and real estate, are just a few using drones as the way of the future. Even package delivery by drone will soon be a common part of our everyday lives. Within the construction industry, drones and the rea…
July 27, 2022
How the COVID-19 Pandemic Changed the Way We Litigate and Mediate In early 2020 the Global COVID-19 pandemic spread across the world. To “flatten the curve,” social distancing measures were adopted in many countries, states, and cities, with those able to work from home using virtual meeting spaces to conduct business meetings and conferences. Facing executive orders and rules limiting in-person g…
July 27, 2022
Force Majeure and Disputes Pre- and Post-COVID This paper provides various practical and legal arguments, as well as practice tips, which may prove useful to construction professionals who continue to deal with the fall-out or even future disputes. [1] Since the COVID-19 pandemic swept the country starting in March 2020, construction professionals have no doubt become familiar with force majeure.…
July 27, 2022
WORK RELATED INCIDENTS LEADING TO INJURIES AND FATALITIES OCCUR IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY Although recent data supports that they are decreasing in frequency across all sectors, work related incidents resulting in employee injuries and fatalities are unavoidable in the construction industry. Even though the industry, as a whole, has done, and continues to do, a much better job focusing on worke…
July 27, 2022
Feel the Force: The Era of Smart Construction Has Arrived Smart construction — defined loosely as the development and use of technology in the construction industry — carries a host of benefits. Because building projects are necessarily long-running, complex, and fraught with unanticipated delays,[i] technology has a unique role to play in the construction industry. In the past, the industry has b…
June 24, 2022
Status of Covid-Related Claims Seeking Business Income Losses No discussion of recent coverage developments would be complete without discussion of the trend of decisions addressing the flood of claims seeking business income, extra expense, and civil authority coverages under property policies for government-ordered shutdowns related to COVID-19. Though the volume of court filings for these claim…