Joe Cleves

3500 Carew Tower
441 Vine Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202, United States
Phone: 513-241-4110
Fax: 513-241-4551
Areas of Practice
  • Construction Law
  • Real Estate

Do We Have a Contract?

Today's commercial construction market remains very competitive as we slowly exit the downturn. The focus of parties is getting the project rolling. Oftentimes, work is started without a contract. In this circumstance, it is…more
 /  Construction Law

Integrated Project Delivery: Choosing The Right Team

Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) is founded on the premise that deep collaboration will result in optimal performance by all. The project players include the owner, architect, engineers, construction manager, and trade…more
 /  Construction Law

Integrated Project Delivery: Pull Planning

Pull planning is an integral part of Integrated Project Delivery. Its purpose is to organize the production of work in a project based on lean principles. In contrast to traditional projects, pull planning centers on creation…more
 /  Construction Law

Integrated Project Delivery: Target Value Design

Target Value Design (TVD) is a tool that is integral to the implementation of Integrated Project Delivery. It is a collaboration process in which key design and construction participants develop an understanding of an owner's…more
 /  Construction Law

The Benefits of a Construction Manager At Risk

Construction Manager At Risk is an alternative project delivery method embraced by both public and private sector owners. Over the last two years, it has gradually gained traction in the commercial construction market. This…more
 /  Construction Law

Public Construction Statutes: If You Can't Beat 'Em, Join 'Em

With Integrated Project Delivery's (IPD's) promises of high-quality, timely, and economical projects, why are budget-strapped governments not the first in line to see whether IPD lives up to its reputation? Unfortunately, state…more
 /  Construction Law

Repeating The Same Mistake Goes Nowhere

Design-bid-build project delivery makes the contractor's bid (price) the key criterion for selection. Selection based on price requires that each competitor bid on the same scope and requirements. The architect prepares the…more
 /  Construction Law

Legal Issues With Building Information Modeling

The benefits of Building Information Modeling (BIM) are widely touted: Higher quality of work; better coordination among architect, engineers and trades; cost savings; and faster production. It is fundamentally different than…more
 /  Construction Law

IPD and Public Infrastructure: A Bridge Over Troubled Water

The Louisville and Southern Indiana Ohio river Bridges Project is currently one of the largest public infrastructure projects in America and continues to move toward construction. However, one of the major issues that must be…more
 /  Construction Law

A Road Less Traveled - The Purpose Behind Performance Bonds

Whispering Farms is a sprawling, upscale, residential development in suburban Cincinnati. The neighborhood boasts spectacular views of the Great Miama River, wooded lots and large homes. What Whispering Woods doesn't have,…more
 /  Construction Law

Smart Owners Know Their Options

Most Owners are unaware of the different project delivery methods available to them. This article quickly summarizes four project delivery methods available to Owners. The traditional and most familiar method contemplates an…more
 /  Construction Law

Risk Sharing in Integrated Project Delivery

The pinnacle of lean construction is integrated project delivery (IPD). With IPD, the owner, contractor and designer enter into one contract. The purpose is to create a collaborative approach and reduce overall risk to the…more
 /  Construction Law

How To Control The Owner's Risk In Construction

Controlling the risks inherent in a commercial construction project can be daunting, even for experienced owners. And the challenges are greater in today's economic environment. Experience shows that the risk of contractor…more
 /  Construction Law

A Major Shift In Kentucky Condominium Law

In 1962, Kentucky enacted laws regarding condominium regimes. Since that time, the law has remained largely unchanged for nearly 50 years. Only two court cases have been decided under the current law. Little guidance exists…more
 /  Construction Law

Uncertain Times Call for More Certain Measures

Today's uncertain economy gives owners more risk of contractors becoming financially distressed. If a contractor is financially at risk, progress can be delayed or halted entirely, resulting in loss of time and money. This…more
 /  Construction Law
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