The Firm's practice extends to the full range of legal services pertaining to school facilities construction. The Firm has assisted numerous school districts with regard to compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act ("CEQA") and other governmental regulations. We have also reviewed and drafted "Requests for Proposals" for architect and construction management services as well as comprehensive agreements for those services and inspectors of record. We have significant expertise in regard to contract documents for the construction of school facilities as well as other public facilities, including resolution of bidding issues. Also, we have negotiated with both contractors and other service providers including local agencies that provide water, sewer and other services. We have been successful in resolving disputes as part of the construction process and have resolved issues and expedited completion of stalled projects while preserving rights of the school district as to contractors and their surety.
In working on construction projects, we have reviewed and resolved bid disputes, stop notice claims, breach of contract actions, delay claims, claims for "extra work" and negotiation of "deducts." In addition to the foregoing, the Firm's attorneys possess expertise in construction litigation matters including construction defect and delay cases on behalf of our school district and other public agency clients. The Firm favors participation in alternative dispute resolution programs, utilizing, when appropriate, mediation or arbitration to reduce litigation costs and resolve disputes expeditiously.
The Firm has advised various public agencies, including school districts and joint powers agencies, with regard to contracting for the provision of public services. The Firm's involvement has included assistance with bid procedures as well as the drafting and review of contracts for such services. The types of service contracts that our Firm has been involved in includes the provision of transportation, security, construction, construction management, architectural, engineering, and investment services.