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AACE Seattle Section October 10th, 2019 Dinner Meeting: EARLY COMPLETION SCHEDULES BENEFITS, RISKS & DEFENSES
Executive Inn
Seattle, WA
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James G. Zack, Jr.

James Zack Consulting, LLC
Johnstown, CO

Jim is the Principal of James Zack Consulting, LLC a construction claims consultancy dedicated to aiding owners and contractors to complete their projects in the field, not in arbitration or court.  He is also the Senior Advisor to the recently formed Ankura Construction Forum™.  The Forum strives to be the construction industrys resource for thought leadership and best practices on avoidance and resolution of construction project disputes globally.  Jim was the founder and Executive Director of the Navigant Construction Forum™.  Formerly he was the Executive Director, Corporate Claims Management Group for Fluor Corporation, one of the worlds largest EPCM contractors.  Prior to this Jim was Vice President of PinnacleOne, Executive Director of the PinnacleOne Institute, and a Senior Construction Claims Consultant for CH2M HILL, Inc.  He has, for 47 years, worked on both private and public projects throughout the U.S. and in 34 countries abroad.  Jim has worked for both contractors and owners on more than 5,000 claims in his career.  He a Fellow of AACE International, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, and the Guild of Project Controls.  In the construction claims field, he is an internationally recognized and published expert in mitigation, analysis, and resolution or defense of construction claims and disputes.  Jim is a Certified Construction Manager (CCM), a Certified Forensic Claims Consultant (CFCC), and a Project Management Professional (PMP).

A contractors right to complete work early was acknowledged by U.S. Courts in the 1960s.  Delayed early completion claims arose shortly thereafter and became somewhat common in the industry.  It was then, and remains now, a controversial issue in the construction industry with many project owners refusing to accept early completion baseline schedules.  Others crafted contractual mechanisms to defeat such claims.  The purpose of this presentation is to set forth the background concerning a contractors right to complete work early and to examine the contractors right to seek an equitable adjustment should their early completion be delayed by action of the owner.  This talk identifies the potential benefits and risks for both owners and contractors.  Additionally, this scrutiny provides a brief overview of several different ways owners can defend against claims-oriented early completion schedules.

Understand the background of the contractors right to complete work earlier than required under the contract.
Gain information on what is an early completion schedule and why some contractors use them on projects.
Learn how to review early completion schedules and determine if they are legitimate schedules or claims-oriented schedules.
Learn about early completion delay claims and what contractors must prove to recover damages.
Gain information about the contractors perceived advantages for creating and submitting an early completion schedule.
Discover 12 ways an owner can adopt appropriate defenses to avoid claims-oriented early completion schedules.

*** Please make every effort to sign-up for this meeting before 12:00 Noon on Friday, October 4th, so that proper number and choice of meals can be ordered. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated! Please also note that meal orders placed after noon on the Friday prior to the event cannot be guaranteed ***

Executive Inn by the Space Needle
200 Taylor Avenue N
Seattle, WA 98109
(this location is wheelchair accessible)

Our meeting times have moved up by half hour as requested by several of our members.
5:00pm - Social Hour
6:00pm - Dinner
6:45pm - Program

The member price for this event is $35.00 if you register before 12:00 Noon on the Friday immediately preceding the meeting; late registration is $40.00.
Non-members price is $42.00 before 12:00 Noon on the Friday immediately preceding the meeting, and $48.00 thereafter.  
For individuals who are just Attending (No Dinner) is $30.00.  

The registration for dinner will be closed Friday, Oct. 4th, at 5:00 pm. After 5pm on Friday general admission tickets will go on sale, no dinner will be provided for General Admission tickets.

Grilled Mahi-Mahi, Tender London Broil, and Vegetarian (requires one week advance notice).

If you have specific dietary restrictions please contact us at aaceseattle@gmail.com so that we can accommodate you. The AACE Seattle Section will be rotating menu selections this program year; we are interested in obtaining your feedback!

The AACE Seattle Section must pay for all meals that are ordered. If you RSVP that you will attend, you are responsible for the bill of your meal. In addition, if you attend without an RSVP there is a possibility that your meal options will be limited from those listed above. If you would like to be added to the Seattle Section's mailing list to receive future notices about our meetings and events, please contact one of the presiding Officers or Directors.

Visit the AACE Seattle Section on our new website at www.aaceseattle.org

Anybody interested in budget control, claims management, cost engineering, cost estimating, earned value management, planning and scheduling, project control, project management, value engineering, or risk management in any industry is cordially invited.

AACE Seattle Section normally meets the 2nd Thursday of each month (with this month being the exception) from September through June (excluding December). Each meeting with a technical presentation qualifies for .25 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) towards your CCP/CEP/CFCC/DRMP/EVP/PSP recertification requirements.
Thursday Oct 10, 2019 5:00 PM - Thursday Oct 10, 2019 8:00 PM | $35.00 - $48.00


Executive Inn (View)
200 Taylor Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109
United States



Minimum Age: 18
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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