Design professionals such as architects and engineers “shall at all times recognize that their primary obligation is to protect the safety, health, property, and welfare of the public” and “shall approve and seal only those design documents … that are prepared with applied technical knowledge and skills that provide safety for public health, property, and welfare in conformity with generally accepted architectural, engineering … standards.” Colorado Bylaws and Rules of The State Board of Licensure for Architects Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors, Rules of Conduct 3.1.1 and 3.1.4. (Many other states have similar rules of conduct.) As a result, design professionals are responsible for damages caused by their negligent design or related services like quality assurance observations during construction. In addition, a homeowner’s reliance on an engineer’s report written for another may give rise to a misrepresentation claim against the engineer.
Determination of whether design errors exist and impose liability on a design professional requires detailed analysis of many technical documents and resources, including construction plans, specifications, reports, applicable building codes and other standards, and state laws and state licensing board rules and regulations specific to design professionals and their services. Our construction defect attorneys have extensive experience reviewing and analyzing this information and working with consulting architects and engineers to help homeowners and homeowner associations determine whether their construction defects are the result of design errors that may warrant or require claims against design professionals involved in the design and construction of their home or community.
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