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Ed Seglias is the Vice President of Cohen Seglias as well as a Shareholder and a member of the Board of Directors. Ed is a Partner in the Firm’s Construction Group, and concentrates his practice in construction law and commercial litigation. He has successfully tried numerous construction and commercial cases in the mid-Atlantic region.

Traditionally, public agencies have awarded construction contracts via the “lowest responsible bidder” procurement method, where bidders submit sealed bids and contracts are awarded to the lowest responsible bidder. However, a number of governmental entities have started to award contracts through “best value” procurement, which looks at factors other than price. Quality, experience, and expertise of the bidders also are relevant considerations when selecting contractors or vendors under a “best value” procurement format.

Following the trend, on May 16, 2017, Philadelphians approved a ballot measure that amended the City’s Home Rule Charter to allow the City to award certain contracts based on the “best value” standard, in addition to the “lowest responsible bidder” approach. Shortly thereafter, on July 27, 2017, the City issued regulations governing the award of contracts based on the “best value” method. Continue Reading “Best Value” Procurement Takes Hold in Philadelphia: What it Means for the Construction Industry

In a previous post, we wrote about drones (which are more formally referred to as “unmanned aircraft systems” or UAS), as well as the nascent federal and state statutory and regulatory framework.

Since our last article, drone use – as predicted – has grown more prevalent throughout the U.S. commercial marketplace and especially the construction industry. Last year, an estimated 2.5 million drones were sold in the United States, and approximately 670,000 drones were registered with the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) during the same time period. Continue Reading Still “Up in the Air”: More Drones and More Regulations

Unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly referred to as “drones,” are appearing more frequently in the skies over construction project sites.

Drones  typically operate from a handheld device, such as an iPhone, and can be connected to a Wi-Fi network. The physical design utilizes four to eight rotary blades, which allow for fluid vertical movement and aerial stability. Such stability—the ability to hover in place for an extended period of time—can prove particularly beneficial for surveying a job site. Drones can be used to capture images of the work from above and then transmit the information to one of a number of mapping software programs, which are, in turn, used to analyze and monitor all phases of a project, from site preparation to completion.

Drones also are proving to be a valuable marketing tool, by allowing for aerial footage or video of job sites, which can be shown to clients and potential clients. In the near future, drones may be used for physical transportation of equipment and project materials. Indeed, multinationals, including Amazon and Google, have famously begun discussing the use of drones to transport and deliver goods to their customers.

Drone technology possesses the potential to fundamentally change the construction industry.

Continue Reading Up in the Air: Drones and the Future of the Construction Job Site

Cohen Seglias is hosting a series of seminars, throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, for regional contractors and trade subcontractors whose work areas span multiple states. The “Crossing Borders” program highlights distinctions in the laws of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Delaware and Virginia as they apply to common issues relating to construction contracts and projects.

The interactive map-based program will include:

  • Truths that span borders
  • Top ten distinctions to be aware of when crossing state borders
  • Major industry trends

If you are a contractor who “crosses borders” to grow your business, you should make time to attend one of these informative programs.

Event Dates and Locations

Join Cohen Seglias Partner Edward Seglias and Senior Associate Jack Graham for the first seminar in the series, on May 18, 2011, in Plymouth Meeting, PA. For full event details or to register please click here.

Please check back often for additional dates and locations.