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22nd Annual Washington Construction Law Seminar

Date: April 24, 2015  /  Author: John P. Ahlers and Paul R. Cressman Jr.  /  Categories: Seminars  /  Comments (0)

John P. Ahlers and Paul R. Cressman, Jr. are pleased to announce that they are presenting at The Seminar Group’s upcoming 22nd Annual Washington Construction Law Seminar on September 17th and 18th, 2015 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Seattle.

Training Opportunity: Construction Subcontractor Default Insurance

Date: September 9, 2014  /  Author: Matt Paxton  /  Categories: Seminars  /  Comments (0)

Ahlers & Cressman, PLLC attorneys Scott R. Sleight and Elizabeth (Ellie) Perka will be presenting a live webinar on Tuesday, September 30, 3014 covering construction subcontractor default insurance (SDI) as a potential alternative to performance bonds, the key differences between SDI and surety bonds, the benefits and disadvantages of SDI, and the factors that should be considered in weighing SDI as an acceptable vehicle for performance risk protection.  This live 90-minute traning opportunity will include interactive questions and answers.

Training Opportunity: Tricks, Traps and Ploys Used in Construction Scheduling in Washington Seminar - Discount Available

Date: May 13, 2014  /  Author: Ryan W. Sternoff  /  Categories: Seminars  /  Comments (0)

Ahlers & Cressman, PLLC attorneys Ryan W. Sternoff and Brett M. Hill will be presenting a seminar on June 4, 2014 in Seattle, Washington covering a wide variety of issues relating to construction project scheduling.  The seminar will help you stay out of trouble and keep your project on track.  The seminar is put on by Lorman Education Services, who has graciously allowed Ahlers & Cressman to provide a 50% discount on the regular registration fee to our blog readers.  You will need to provide the discount code listed below when you register.

Training Opportunity - Insurance for Contractors and Public Works Contracting

Date: September 4, 2013  /  Author: Brett M. Hill  /  Categories: Seminars  /  Comments (0)

Join us for the Contractor Training Day at the Edmonds Community College this Friday, September 6, 2013.  The program is free and is organized by the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.  Ahlers & Cressman attorneys will be presenting on "Insurance Coverage and Bonds" (1:00 pm to 2:00 pm) and "Contracts on Publicly Funded Projects" (10:00 am - 12:00 pm).    

REMINDER: July 17, 2012 AIA Contract Seminar - 20% Discount Available

Date: July 12, 2012  /  Author: Brett M. Hill  /  Categories: Seminars  /  Comments (0)

This is a reminder that next Tuesday, July 17, 2012, Ahlers & Cressman attorneys will be presenting a seminar covering the American Institute of Architects (AIA) contract documents and key contract provisions in Seattle.  The seminar will again be presented on August 1, 2012 in Federal Way. The seminars are put on by Lorman Education Services, who is graciously providing a 20% discount on Lorman's regular registration fee to our blog readers.  You will need to provide the discount codes listed below when you register. 

Both of the seminars will cover the same following topics:

  • Overview of AIA Contract Documents (Contract Formation Issues and Other Considerations During Negotiations)
  • Key Clauses in the AIA A201-General Conditions of the Contract for Construction (Contractor's Perspective vs. Owner's Perspective)
  • Analysis of the AIA Design-Build Documents
  • Analysis of the AIA Integrated Agreement Contract Forms
  • Key clauses of the AIA A102-Standard Form Agreement Between Owner and Contractor (Guaranteed Maximum Price)
  • Analysis of AIA B101-Standard Form Agreement Between Owner and Architect

For a full description of the topics covered during the seminars and speaker information, click here for the Seattle seminar and click here for the Federal Way seminar.

Here are the specifics for the Seattle seminar:

Date:                      July 17, 2012

Location:                Courtyard by Marriot, downtown/Lake Union

                              925 Westlake Avenue North, Seattle, Washington

Registration:            Register online at http://www.lorman.com or call at

                              (866) 352-9539

Discount Code:       F2716129

Priority Code:          15999

Cost:                      $349 (before discount)

Here are the specifics for the Federal Way seminar:

Date:                      August 1, 2012

Location:                 Best Western Plus Evergreen Inn and Suits

                              32124 25th Avenue South, Federal Way, Washington

Registration:            Register online at http://www.lorman.com or call at

                              (866) 352-9539

Discount Code:       F2716129

Priority Code:          15999

Cost:                      $349 (before discount)

Training Opportunity: AIA Contract Seminar - 20% Discount Available

Date: May 10, 2012  /  Author: Brett M. Hill  /  Categories: Seminars  /  Comments (0)

Ahlers & Cressman attorneys will be presenting at two seminars this summer covering the American Institute of Architects (AIA) contract documents and key contract provisions.  The first seminar is on July 17 in Seattle and the second is on August 1 in Federal Way.  The seminars are put on by Lorman Education Services, who has graciously allowed Ahlers & Cressman to provide a 20% discount on Lorman's regular registration fee to our blog readers.  You will need to provide the discount codes listed below when you register. 

Both of the seminars will cover the same following topics:

  • Overview of AIA Contract Documents (Contract Formation Issues and Other Considerations During Negotiations)
  • Key Clauses in the AIA A201-General Conditions of the Contract for Construction (Contractor's Perspective vs. Owner's Perspective)
  • Analysis of the AIA Design-Build Documents
  • Analysis of the AIA Integrated Agreement Contract Forms
  • Key clauses of the AIA A102-Standard Form Agreement Between Owner and Contractor (Guaranteed Maximum Price)
  • Analysis of AIA B101-Standard Form Agreement Between Owner and Architect

For a full description of the topics covered during the seminars and speaker information, click here for the Seattle seminar and click here for the Federal Way seminar.

Here are the specifics for the Seattle seminar:

Date:                      July 17, 2012

Location:                 Courtyard by Marriot, downtown/Lake Union

                              925 Westlake Avenue North, Seattle, Washington

Registration:            Register online at http://www.lorman.com or call at

                              (866) 352-9539

Discount Code:            F2716129

Priority Code:           15999

Cost:                       $349 (before discount)

Here are the specifics for the Federal Way seminar:

Date:                      August 1, 2012

Location:                 Best Western Plus Evergreen Inn and Suits

                              32124 25th Avenue South, Federal Way, Washington

Registration:            Register online at http://www.lorman.com or call at

                              (866) 352-9539

Discount Code:            F2716129

Priority Code:           15999

Cost:                       $349 (before discount)

Small Business Safety Awareness Event

Date: August 12, 2011  /  Author: Brett M. Hill  /  Categories: Seminars, MBE/DBE/WBE  /  Comments (0)

Event: "What is Safety? Lifestyle, Sustainability, and Profitability"

Sponsor: United States Department of Transportation, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, Northwest Small Business Transportation Resource Center

When: Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011. 8:30 am - 1:00 pm

Where: Sound Transit, Ruth Fisher Board Room (Union Station), 401 South Jackson Street, Seattle WA 98104

Cost: FREE

RSVP: Contact Lily Keeffe to RSVP ( or 425-248-4222)

Description: The objective of the Northwest Small Business Transportation Resource Center (SBTRC) is to increase the number of small and disadvantaged businesses that are prepared to compete for, and enter into, transportation-related prime and subcontracts. The Northwest SBTRC is funded by a cooperative agreement with Snohomish County Economic Development Council (EDC) and U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU). The Northwest SBTRC serves Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho and Montana.

Agenda & Speakers:

  • Opening Remarks: U.S. DOT Director, Brandon Neal; U.S. Congressional Representative, Jay Inslee; King County Executive, Dow Constantine; Snohomish County Executive, Aaron Reardon; Sound Transit CEO, Joni Earl.
  • Networking and Expo
  • Safety Awareness: Associated General Contractors Safety Directory, Mandi Kime; Washington State Patrol, Captain Marc Lamoreaux; Sound Transit Quality Assurance Manager, Hamid Qassim; Labor and Industries Construction Safety Specialist, Steve Heist; PCL Civil Constructors, Inc., Mike Fallon; WAKA Group, Inc., Andy Wilson.
  • Small Business Opportunities: Washington State DOT OEO Director, Brenda Nnambi; King County Business Development & Contract Compliance Manager, Sandy Hanks; Sound Transit Diversity Program Office Director, Leslie Jones; Small Business Administration Small Business Specialist, Sheila Taeza; East West Bank Senior VP Northwest Region, Tom Chang; OMWBE Acting Director, Cathy Canorro; Naval Facilities Engineering Command - NW Deputy of Small Business, Steve Shapro.

For more information visit the Northwest SBTRC website: http://www.snoedc.org/smallbusiness/osdbu.html

Ahlers & Cressman is currently working with Northwest SBTRC to develop workshops designed to assist small business contractors.