Recent Construction Legislation and Cases

Legislature Creates New Requirements for Prequalification of Bidders (October 2014)

In the Summer of 2014, the North Carolina Legislature enacted vast changes to the process by which prospective bidders on public construction contracts are prequalified. N.C. Sess. Laws 2014-42, amending N.C. Gen. Stat. § 143-135.8. Prequalification is defined as “[a] process of evaluating and determining whether potential bidders have the skill, judgment, integrity, sufficient financial  … Continue Reading

North Carolina Court of Appeals Distinguishes “Equitable Adjustment” Clause From “No-Damages-For-Delay” Clause

It is not unusual to see a “no-damages-for-delay” provision in a construction contract. But what happens if the contract also includes a separate provision entitling one party to an equitable adjustment for cost increases incurred after the project’s scheduled completion date? In Southern Seeding Service, Inc. v. W.C. English, Inc., 719 S.E.2d 211 (N.C. App.  … Continue Reading