The premature failure of building water systems and mechanical equipment can result in large liabilities. The resulting lawsuits reflect that the reasons for these failures are both common and, in many instances, avoidable. Some of the usual suspects include: (1) the lack of clearly defined scope of work and responsibilities; (2) failure to prepare and follow comprehensive job specifications; (3) lack of proper coordination for passivation and start-up; (4) failing to understand and coordinate responsibilities after turnover; and (5) lack of proper documentation leaving you susceptible to a “red-light swearing contest.” This publication identifies common scenarios and offers suggestions to manage risk.

17-22: Failure of Building Water Systems: How to Plan for Success and Manage

  • Adam Green, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC and Robert J. Cunningham, Arthur Freedman Associates