Personal vs Professional Responsibility: The Tragedy of the Building Collapse onto the Salvation Army’s Thrift Store in Philadelphia

This program addresses the events and actions that led up to the collapse of a four-story building onto the Salvation Army Thrift store in Philadelphia. The lack of understanding of the responsibilities of the various parties involved contributed to miscommunications on the project. We will explore how the Design Professionals should react to communications, compliance with the Contract and the proper responsibilities during on-site observations. The session will conclude with a discussion as to some of the major issues associated with a demolition contract and related non-contractual parties.

Learning objectives for attendees include:
• Discuss real life design and construction situations.
• Learn how to avoid potential signals that could affect risk.
• Discuss how the various situations could have been avoided.
• Discuss the effects of ignoring warning signs.
• Discuss the relationships between the construction parities.
• Discuss the responsibility of on-site construction safety.

Salvatore Verrastro, AIA, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, NCARB

Salvatore Verrastro, AIA, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, NCARB is the Secretary and a Partner with Spillman Farmer Architects, located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and has been with the firm since 1983. Salvatore graduated from Kansas State University in 1981. In addition to being a Registered Architect, a certified Construction Specifier, and a certified Construction Contract Administrator, he is a past adjunct faculty member in the Department of Environmental Engineering at Lafayette College in Easton, PA. He is the past chair of the Education Committee for the Construction Specifications Institute and the past chair for AIA’s MasterSpec Architectural Review Committee. Sal is currently a member of the AIA Contract Documents Committee. Sal is an energetic Fellow and member of the Construction Specifications Institute and an enjoyable speaker who conveys the seriousness of his subject with wit and alacrity.

Personal vs Professional Responsibility:  The Tragedy of the Building Collapse onto the Salvation Army's Thrift Store in Philadelphia

Date/Time
Date - 11/20/2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location
Center for Architecture

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