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Jack Osborn Receives New York Society of Architects Distinguished Service Award

On Wednesday, November 19, 2014, Jack Osborn was presented with the Distinguished Service Award at the New York Society of Architects Dinner Dance. The award is presented each year to a professional who has made an exceptional contribution to the architecture and construction community in New York City.
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GNYCUC Presents “Modern Office Design Panel: What Tenants Want”

On Tuesday, October 7th the Greater New York Construction User Council (“GNYCUC”) held a program, “Modern Office Design Panel: ‘What Tenants Want’” at Gensler. John E. Osborn, Esq. serves as the General Counsel to the GNYCUC. The panel featured moderator, Joe Brancato, Regional Managing Principal, Gensler, Joel Brenner, Vice President of Global Project Management, Time Warner, David Biondolillo, Senior Vice President, TD Bank and James V. Cava, Director of Global Planning, Citibank. The panelists discussed their current projects and shared their thoughts on the future of the office environment.  .
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Environmental Due Diligence and
Project Planning in Stormy Times

Jack Osborn and Mark Pennington taught a continuing legal education program at the Firm's offices on March 4, 2014 entitled "Environmental Due Diligence and Project Planning in Stormy Times." Jack Osborn is Head of the Firm's Construction Litigation Practice. Mark Pennington, Of Counsel to the Firm, is the head of its Environmental Practice.

 

The program examined ASTM's revised environmental due diligence standard (E1527-13) within the larger context of risk management. It offered tips on tailoring transactional due diligence and selecting and managing environmental consultants. Read More


 

The Greater New York Construction User Council Discusses the Continuing Relevancy of Skyscrapers

On October 23, 2013 the Greater New York Construction User Council (GNYCUC) held a panel entitled, Going Higher: The Quest to Dominate the NYC Skyline. John E. Osborn, Esq., General Counsel to the GNYCUC, introduced the program, which explored the ability of developers to maintain relevance in New York City - one of the most competitive real estate markets. The program examined both new construction and the renovation of older buildings. .
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The City of New York Abandons the No-Damages-for-Delay Clauses in Construction Contracts -- 30 Years After the Kalisch Jarcho Decision

As of December 24, 2013, the City of New York (the “City”) and its various agencies are using a new standard construction contract. Of the several revisions, the most impactful, at least from a contractor’s perspective, is the elimination of the no-damages-for-delay (NDFD) clause. This clause, which had been faithfully used by City agencies and staunchly defended by New York courts for decades, has been an effective tool for owners (public and private) and contractors to shift the risk of additional costs associated with project delays and other time related impacts onto the respective contractors and subcontractors. Read More

 

 

Top Hospitality Industry Executives Discuss the Bright Future of the New York City Hotel Market at The Commercial Observer New York City First Hotel Annual Forum

On October 22, 2013 the Hotel Engineers Association of New York (“HEANY”) and Greater New York Construction User Council (“GNYCUC”) co-sponsored, along with several other industry groups, the first annual The Commercial Observer New York City Hotel Forum at the McGraw Hill Conference Center. As General Counsel to both of these organizations, John E. Osborn, Esq. helped organize the forum, which was comprised of two panels and three keynote speeches. The panelists examined current trends and shared their ideas about the future of the hospitality industry in New York City.   Read More

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