Best Practices in Procuring Design and Construction

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October 20, 2014
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
New York Hilton Midtown
1335 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019 United States
212- 586-7000
David Mulvihill, Vice President, Professional Development


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A Developer’s Perspective on How to Buy Design and Construction Services

–Approved for 7 AIA CE Credits —

The design and construction phase of the development process is typically the most expensive and often most complex phase of any development project. Making good decisions about how and when to contract for this effort requires an eyes-open awareness of risk and the implications for schedule, quality and cost. A thorough understanding of contract types and the roles of development, construction, and design professionals in their administration is crucial to a successful and profitable project.

This new one-day workshop from ULI will provide you with a solid foundation in the contracting process, including the array of professionals and their roles, the pros and cons of different contract types, the phases of the design and construction process, and who is in charge of what. The program will leave you with a more solid understanding of the elements of a well-managed construction project.

Attendees will receive an extensive resource appendix.


Alan RazakAlan Razak Principal AthenianRazak LLC Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Alan Razak is Principal of AthenianRazak LLC, a Philadelphia-based real estate services company that consults on, creates, and manages real property. Alan has more than 35 years of commercial real estate experience, encompassing development and project management, finance, architectural design, and consulting. His diverse real estate background includes managing the development process, both as owner and on a consulting basis as owner’s representative, and project types including residential, office and commercial, as well as specialized expertise in data centers and other highly technical facilities.

Prior to merging with Athenian Properties in 2011 to form AthenianRazak, Alan founded and led Razak Company, which was responsible for the development of projects such as Main Line Jaguar Land Rover, Pembroke North Condominium, 5035 Ritter Road for the AOPC, and the Curtis Institute of Music’s Lenfest Hall. Razak Company also performed real estate consulting assignments for clients including Swarthmore College, the Rock School of Dance, Vanguard Group of Mutual Funds, and many others.

Prior to forming Razak Company in 2003, Alan was a Principal with Radnor Advisors, Inc., which was subsequently purchased by Insignia/ESG. In this role, he coordinated the marketing and service delivery to data center and high technology clients worldwide and managed the Philadelphia office’s real estate consulting group. During the early 1990s, Alan focused on international real estate and technical consulting services for government and domestic financial institutions. For much of the 1980s, he was a Partner at Rouse and Associates (now Liberty Property Trust), where he managed development of a 400,000 sf Washington, D.C. office building project and Rouse’s 20-acre Penn’s Landing urban multiuse project on Philadelphia’s waterfront.

Alan began his career as an architect, and for purely sentimental reasons maintains his status as a registered architect in Pennsylvania. Alan has served on the Central Philadelphia Development Corporation’s Board of Directors, and is a member of the Urban Land Institute, where he wrote and currently teaches several workshops for real estate practitioners internationally. He holds a B.S. in Arts and Design from MIT, a Master of Architecture from the University of Washington, and an MBA with a concentration in real estate from Wharton.

Registration Fee

ULI member: $475
Non-member: $635
Government and nonprofit ULI members: $395
Government and nonprofit ULI non-members: $525


Hotel accommodations are not included in the registration fee. If you would like to make hotel arrangements, please contact the hotel directly.

The New York Hilton Midtown
1335 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019
(212) 586-7000


Program Highlights

Approved for 7 AIA CE Credits

Identifying and understanding the roles of key design and construction professionals

Understanding the design and construction process

Selecting and hiring the right contractor

Responsibilities and liabilities in the construction process: who is at risk?

How to price and put together the best construction contract to mitigate your risk

Design and contracting procurement methods: Which is right for your project?

Construction management: Contractor personnel and their roles

Trends and innovations: IPD and BIM

Extensive Resource Appendix