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Contract Concerns
Project participants should also understand
their contractual rights and obligations following a severe weather event. These include:
Delays: Under many construction contracts, delays caused by hurricanes and other
severe weather events may be treated as
"excusable delays," i.e. the contractor is entitled to additional time to complete the work
but not additional compensation. Delays are
generally compensable only if they would
not have occurred but for the action or inaction of the owner, or where the delays arose
as a result of a condition that the owner was
originally responsible for, such as differing
site conditions. However, some contracts
do contain provisions expressly addressing
extreme or catastrophic weather events, so
project participants should carefully review
the particular terms of the agreement.
Increases to costs of the work: In many
jurisdictions, contractors are entitled only to
time and not additional
compensation as
a result of
adverse

weather events. Because of this, contractors performing under fixed
price contracts assume significant risk for increased costs such as
the costs of cleanup, correcting and/or replacing damaged work, and
increases in the cost of construction materials. Depending on the
terms of the contract, these risks may apply equally to catastrophic
weather events, underscoring the importance of obtaining appropriate insurance coverage.
Claim submission requirements: Most construction contracts
require the submission of claims and notice of claims within mandatory established time periods. Because many jurisdictions strictly
enforce such provisions, it is critical that project participants strictly
comply with the procedure for asserting claims and all associated
notice requirements. Parties should also ensure that claim notices
are properly submitted to sureties, if applicable.
Termination: Whether a contractor is contractually entitled to
terminate a contract is complicated and depends on the particular
terms of the agreement. Even if a project has become significantly
delayed, the contractor is responsible for a substantial increase in
costs. If it appears unlikely that the project can achieve completion, the contractor should not assume it is contractually entitled
to terminate. If a contractor is considering termination it should
exercise the utmost care and caution because terminating a contract
regularly leads to disputes.
Project participants should carefully review their construction
contracts following an extreme weather event and understand
their rights and responsibilities so they are best equipped to get the
project back on track.

Daniel A. Kapner is
a member of Shapiro,
Lifschitz & Schram's trial
practice, construction
law, and power and energy construction groups,
where he assists clients
in various sectors of the
construction industry
to achieve solutions to
contract and commercial
disputes, mechanics
lien claims, construction
defect claims, design
errors and omissions,
real estate and property
disputes, and contract
drafting needs. Contact
him at (202) 689-1900
or kapner@slslaw.com.

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