Melissa Dewey Brumback – Ragsdale Liggett PLLC

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Raleigh, North Carolina 27612, United States

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Wake County Justice Center- a LEED Silver Project done right!

Yesterday evening, I had the privilege of attending the Triangle USGBC’s “Talk & Walk” at the Wake County Justice Center. The 576,996 square foot Justice Center was completed 6 months early and over 30 million under budget. …more
| Construction Law

Is Your Design Professional Construction Contract Too Friendly? (Law Note)

My husband often travels the back roads between Chapel Hill and Fuquay Varina to visit friends. En route (a circuitous route that goes past Sharon Harris Nuclear Power Plant, among other places), he passes by the “Friendly…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law

RDU Terminal 1: Going Green

Last week, I had the fortune to join the Triangle USGBC for its “Talk & Walk” about the RDU Terminal 1 renovation project and its sustainable features. For those who haven’t had the chance, I recommend you check out the new…more
| Construction Law, Environmental Law

Poor Record Keeping = Going to the Poor House (or, why project documentation matters)

You are an engineer or architect. You understand the importance of thorough designs. What about thorough documentation of the daily happenings on the construction project? That is equally important…more
| Construction Law

We have beer! (Marketing Tip)

I saw this sign outside the Jacksonville, North Carolina regional airport. For those of you who don’t know, Jacksonville is home to Camp Lejeune, a Marine Corp base. Many of the passengers are coming from or going to the base…more
| Construction Law

That’s Not The Way We’ve Always Done It! (Why You Should Update Your Office Practices)

Anyone recognize the photo to the left? If you are of the Millennial generation, this is a quaint thing called a public pay phone. They used to be everywhere. Imagine, not having a cell phone to keep you in constant contact…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law

New Green Standards; Same Green Warnings for Architects & Engineers (law note)

The newest version of the LEED ratings system, LEED v4, has officially been released. For a comparison of the major changes between LEED 2009 and LEEDv4, check out this downloadable form from the USGBC…more
| Construction Law

A trap for the unwary: Construction contracts under Seal (Law note)

Have you ever signed a contract that was “under seal”? You probably have, and you probably have done so without really understanding what it means. In North Carolina, a contract “under seal” means that the contract can be…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law

Emergency Bridge Repairs at Bonner Bridge (News Note)

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has shut down Bonner Bridge on the Outer Banks this week due to emergency safety concerns. The life safety issues were discovered after routine sonar scanning identified…more
| Construction Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Transportation

Ask not for whom the bell tolls: it tolls for thee! The construction trial (Law & Order: Hard Hat files Part 9)

This is the final section of a 9 part series discussing the entire trajectory of a construction lawsuit involving claims of design errors or omissions…more
| Civil Procedure, Construction Law

Pull on your jeans: time for some Legal Wranglings (Law & Order: Hard Hat files Part 8)

Previously on Law & Order: Hard Hat files [chunk-chunk], we discussed how to know when a lawsuit is coming, how you will be sued, why you should not be your own attorney, and why documentation is key. We’ve also discussed being…more
| Civil Procedure, Construction Law

Adding an “Additional Insured” in the Professional Services Agreement: an exercise in futility! (law note)

As an architect or engineer, you may be asked to sign a contract that has a requirement of adding the Owner (or Contractor, in a design-build project) to your own insurance as an “additional insured”. This is usually a fall…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law, Insurance, Real Estate - Residential

LEED Lasts in Latest NC Bill (news note)

As many of you may be aware, the North Carolina legislature was considering a bill that would effectively take away the option of LEED certification for public projects. In a misguided effort to protect the NC timber industry,…more
| Construction Law, Environmental Law, Real Estate - Residential, Government Contracting, Real Estate - Commercial

What Architects & Engineers Need to Know about the New Lien Law

I have previously discussed the ABCs of Lien Laws for those making claims on a project (that is, architects, engineers, contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers) and the 123s of Lien Laws for project owners. Now, time to…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law, Real Estate - Residential, Real Estate - Commercial

Infrastructure Defects: ASCE’s Report Card (Spoiler: America gets a D+) (news note)

How many bridges do you drive over on your way to work each day? Probably a bunch, if you have the typical commute of 32 round trip miles per day. Now, how many of them are *not* structurally sound? Probably more than you…more
| Construction Law, Transportation
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