Contracting Issues in the Construction of Facilities

Michael C. Loulakis is a Senior Shareholder in Wickwire Gavin, P.C., Vienna, Virginia a law firm that specializes in the representation of domestic and international clients on construction-related matters. Mr. Loulakis has extensive and diverse background in advising clients on project delivery systems –particularly in the design-build process. He has represented owners, contractors and design professionals on design-build projects in the multi-family housing, power, telecommunications, health care, public facility, and transportation sectors of the construction industry. His role on these projects ranges form advising owners about the right project delivery system to use on the projects to contract drafting, claims administration and dispute resolution. Mr. Loulakis also provides strategic planning advice to contractors and design professionals who are interested in participating in the design-build contracting arena.

Mr. Loulakis is a national speaker on construction management and design-build and is the author of over 40 publications on project delivery systems and construction law. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) and is currently chairman of the DBIA Manual of Practice committee, which recently published DBIA’s standard form design-build contracts.

One of Mr. Loulakis’ most recent works is the development of a highly acclaimed interactive CD program entitled Construction Project Delivery Systems: Evaluating the Owner’s Alternatives, produced and distributed by A/E/C Training Technologies. This program provides a comprehensive review of all major project delivery systems, as well as a selection methodology for owners who are interested in an analytical approach to determining the best way to deliver the project.

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