In pursuing or defending premises liability litigation, success depends on enlisting the best expert to support your position. Here’s why you should enlist a competent and qualified Architect:
1. An Architect knows the Codes that apply. Architects regularly deal with Codes, ordinances and other standards governing design, construction and maintenance on every project or building they undertake. An Architect will be best able to identify, interpret and apply those standards to the premises and incident in question. (For more on this particular point, see my article ‘Premises Liability: Code? What Code?’.)
2. An Architect knows premises design, construction and maintenance. Architects fully understand all aspects of premises construction and maintenance, both by their professional education and training, and by their experience in developing detailed construction documents for virtually any construction situation. Architects also typically oversee, supervise, inspect and approve the construction and maintenance of their designed projects. An Architect is best able to inspect and assess the quality and particular features of your incident premises.
3. An Architect knows construction drawings and technical specifications. Based on their professional education, training and experience, Architects are able to determine precisely what should have been built versus what may actually have been built. An Architect is best able to discern how particular aspects of the construction drawings and technical specifications may bear upon the case at hand.
4. An Architect knows premises engineering. Throughout the vast majority of their premises design, planning, and construction projects, Architects oversee, direct, supervise, coordinate and approve of the work of a multitude of supporting engineering disciplines — civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, acoustic, fire safety, and so on. An Architect is best able to identify, understand and interpret engineering issues that may bear on the premises at hand.
5. An Architect knows of the many elements that go into the proper design, construction and maintenance of premises, whether they are, for example, flitch plates, underlayment, vent stacks, corbels, sill plates, vapor barriers, crickets, granular fill, knee walls, or isocyanurate insulation. An Architect is best able to guide you through the thicket of specific technical knowledge, terminology and jargon that might otherwise muddle your understanding of your case.
6. An Architect knows how to speak to local building officials, inspectors, fire marshals, zoning officers, and representatives of other governing and regulatory bodies. Throughout their professional career, Architects typically interact with many such individuals on project after project, developing and refining their ability to communicate readily and effectively. An Architect is best able to serve as liaison in conferring with such officials, and with obtaining information critical to your case.
7. An Architect knows how to speak to judge, jury and laypeople. Architects typically spend much of their professional life communicating with clients, building owners, tenants, zoning boards, planning commissions, architectural review boards, city councils and the general public. An Architect is best able to develop and present a strong, logical, compelling and comprehensible argument supporting your position.
To find out more about why an Architect is the best premises liability expert, feel free to contact me at any time via LinkedIn, or at firstname.lastname@example.org or 440.390.2414.