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Tuesday, July 25, 2023, 1:30 – 3:00 PM (Eastern)

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Delegated design is common in modern capital projects but is frequently misunderstood and can be improperly implemented. Delegated design is when the construction contract requires the contractor, subcontractor, or supplier to engage the services of a licensed, registered design professional to prepare the final design of a specific element of the completed project, based on performance and design criteria in the construction contract. This is, in effect, a “mini design-build project within a project”. Because two different design professionals have their fingers in a delegated design, many myths and misconceptions exist concerning delegated design and its attendant liability. This presentation will address appropriate means of managing the architect’s or engineer’s risk while fulfilling its contractual obligations.

This presentation will discuss what is and is not delegated design; types of work that are commonly delegated design ,and why; making the project owner aware of the need for delegated design, and associated scheduling and budgeting; locations within the construction documents where delegated design requirements are indicated; how to properly require a delegated design; and how to properly review and process delegated design shop drawings and other, related submittals.

After attending this session, participants should be able to:

  • Explain delegated design’s uses
  • Discuss the architect’s or engineer’s responsibilities in delegated design
  • Indicate available resources
  • Explain how to properly delegate design responsibility
  • Discuss proper processing of delegated design submittals during construction

Speaker: Kevin O’Beirne, PE, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, National Manager of Engineering Specifications, HDR

Course Type

Online Class

Delivery Type

Live, Online

Topic Area

Risk Management

PDH Credit


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