Annual Construction Law Section Dinner and CLE

As a member (and past chair) of the governing council for the Construction Law Section of the Washington State Bar Association and with the immeasurable help of our firm’s cracker-jack legal assistant/paralegal and event organizer Laurel Barton,  I have initiated, organized and overseen the Section’s Annual Dinner/CLE program.  We completed our second event last week (February 26) and it was another rousing success.  This one was at Cutter’s Bayhouse in Seattle’s Pike Place Market.  Fifty one members of the Section signed up and a good majority of those attended to enjoy a social hour, dinner and a presentation good for one hour of CLE credit, all for the unheard-of low price of $50.

Our speaker was John Livengood of Navigant, a national construction consulting firm.  John is a Managing Director of Navigant’s Global Construction Practice and an experienced claims expert with more than 38 years of construction related experience.  He is a registered architect and an attorney experienced in construction litigation, project management, design analysis, and document preparation

Traveling from his office in San Francisco, John talked for more than hour about Schedule and Delay Analysis and Why Results Differ.  He started with an overview of the Critical Path Method (CPM) for project scheduling and then explained the four predominant ways to analyze schedule delays (as planned vs. as built; contemporaneous period analysis; retrospective Time Impact Analysis (TIA); and collapsed as built).  These methods are discussed in the Recommended Practice 29R-03 Forensic Schedule Analysis (2011) published by the Association for Advancement of Cost Engineering (AACE).  For each of the methodologies John explained both the benefits and the drawbacks and why they may not be suitable for all schedule conditions.  He concluded with some observations on why results differ, the most prominent reason being that the different methodologies measure delay impact in different ways.

Although the subject seems esoteric and complex, John was able to provide both an informative and entertaining overview.  The experienced construction lawyers in the audience were attentive to the very end and appreciated the useful knowledge they gained – especially since the talk followed a good meal and the chance to socialize with friends and colleagues.


Bob Olsen

Bob Olson has been practicing construction law in Washington State for over 35 years and is well versed in all phases of business and construction disputes. When he’s not practicing law, he is often riding his bike, playing some sport or traveling with his family. Click here to get in touch with him today.