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Construction

Mayor Gray Envisions a "Green DC" by 2032

District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray in an address to developers and other construction professionals last month, announced plans for building a "Green DC" by the year 2032.  According to Gray, by then the District's population is expected to be above 900,000 and Gray wants DC to be the healthiest, greenest and most livable place in the country.

JOB SURGE IN DC CONSTRUCTION

On September 30th, the Washington Post reported that in August 2012 construction employment reached a 22-year high in DC.  The Post cited three factors for the increase: (1) an influx of new DC residents and the resulting need for multifamily residences, mostly apartments; (2) large commercial projects such as CityCenter DC, Marriott Marquis and Walmart’s first retail store in DC; and (3) gov

John Bergin Continues Defending Defense Verdict in $20 Million MLB Stadium Case on Appeal

SLS’s John Bergin obtained a defense verdict in a case involving the construction of a Major League Baseball Stadium after more than eight years of litigation, a six-week trial, and two rounds of post-trial briefs.  John represented two national general contractors and construction managers who had formed a joint-venture to design and construct the MLB Stadium.  Plaintiff – the alleged assignee of one of their subcontractors – had sued the joint venture for more than $20 million alleging that the joint venture should not have issued a Default Notice during constr

LOUDOUN COUNTY SILVER LINE

Last week, Loudoun County’s Board of Supervisors voted 5 to 4 to support extending Metro’s Silver Line to Dulles International Airport and into eastern Loudoun County at an estimated cost of $6 billion.  This vote may be the last hurdle before the project’s construction and comes after the parties resolved a labor and Gov.

SLS’s BERGIN HELPS SECURE DEFENSE VERDICT IN INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION

SLS’s John Bergin helped a Northern-Virginia based contractor secure a third consecutive victory at the ICC International Court of Arbitration. This time, Bergin helped defeat numerous multi-million dollar claims from a Turkish subcontractor arising out of two projects in Afghanistan. The fast-track, design/build projects involved a high-profile military runway project and an ammunition supply point project. In a 26-page decision, the Arbitral Tribunal rejected all of the subcontractor’s contract and tort claims.

EPA REGULATIONS SPUR CONSTRUCTION & LITIGATION

This blog has been paying careful attention to new EPA rules, and the impact that the Carbon Pollution Standard for New Power Plants (CPSNPP), the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR), and the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (

NEW ENERGY CODE IMPACT STUDY BARES LIGHT ON ADDED CONSTRUCTION AND HOUSING COSTS

As cities across the country continue to adopt current versions of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), new research jointly commissioned by the National Multi Housing Council and the National Apartment Association warns that the new 2009 and 2012 IECCs could significantly increase local construction and housing costs – which could mean higher renting rates for those 1/3 of Americans who rent their housing.

NEW ADA REGULATIONS IN EFFECT AS OF MARCH 15

March 15 marked the date that revised regulations implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) went into effect. The new rules, originally published in September of 2010, are the first revisions to the ADA since it was signed into law in 1990. The regulations apply to units of state and local government as well as more than seven million places of public accommodation, including stores, restaurants, sporting arenas, movie theaters, doctors’ and dentists’ offices, hotels, and polling places.

EPA SAYS CARBON-EMISSION RULE UNLIKELY TO IMPACT POWER PLANT CONSTRUCTION

It’s clear – the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has targeted the power-generation industry for greater oversight.  The EPA announced a proposed new rule capping carbon emissions from fossil-fuel-fired electricity generating units.  The rule, the Carbon Pollution Standard for New Power Plants (CPSNPP), limits carbon-dioxide (CO2) emissions to 1,000lbs per megawatt-hour over a 30-year averaging period.

Did You Know . . .

Members of the SLS trial group have tried in excess of 50 jury trials and 75 bench trials?

The SLS construction group has worked on sports stadiums across the country including Orioles Park in Baltimore and Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati?

The SLS construction group has worked on power plant projects across the country?

In 2007 SLS was selected for an Honorable Mention as one of the Best Places To Work in Washington DC?

Ron Shapiro, Steve Schram and Judd Lifschitz have all been selected as SuperLawyers by Law and Politics?

The SLS office building is an historic townhouse constructed in the late 1800s?

SLS has been selected by Martindale-Hubbell as a Preeminent Law Firm?

SLS trial lawyers have argued appeals in the U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal for the 4th, 5th, 9th, D.C. and Federal Circuit?

SLS trial lawyers have been lead trial counsel in cases in Arizona, California, District of Columbia, Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas, and Virginia, - to name just a few?

Virtually all the cases that SLS trial lawyers mediated have been favorably settled at mediation?

The transactional group at SLS was lead counsel on one of the largest, most complex mixed-use projects in downtown Washington, DC involving 4 lenders and 6 property owners?

In appreciation for the outstanding efforts of each of its employees during 2007, SLS gave everyone (attorneys, paralegals, and staff) a 4 day/3 night expense paid trip to Key West, Florida?

The transactional group at SLS has represented tenants in more than 200 retail leases in the Mid-Atlantic region?

Every attorney in the transactional group at SLS has at least 15 years experience?

The transactional group at SLS has represented developers in the purchase, construction, financing and/or sale of more than 75 multi-family apartment projects?

The transactional group at SLS has represented real estate investors and developers with respect to property in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Texas, Tennessee, Michigan and the U.S. Virginia Islands?

Attorneys in the transactional group at SLS have represented eight national banks in commercial real estate loans?

Attorneys in the transactional group at SLS have represented the FDIC, the Resolution Trust Corporation and several banking institutions in loan workout transactions throughout the Mid-Atlantic region?

The transactional group at SLS has represented homebuilders and commercial real estate developers in work-outs of individual loans and also for work-outs of large portfolios involving dozens of properties in several states?

The trial lawyers of SLS have numerous reported decisions to their credit?