Report on Improving Construction Arbitrations

by John W. Nichols, (M.ASCE), Chairman and Partner; Jacobs Assocs., San Francisco, Calif.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Construction Division, 1979, Vol. 105, Issue 1, Pg. 1-11

Document Type: Journal Paper


Arbitration is one of several ways of resolving disputes in the construction industry and its use today under the Construction Industry Rules of the American Arbitration Association is both widespread and growing. However, there are many areas for improvement, i.e., reducing the many delays in the process, the allowance of pretrial discovery procedures such as examination before trial, and the consolidation of two or more arbitrations involving the same issue. The most cogent recommendation, in addition to the increasing of arbitrators to expedite proceedings and solving the aforementioned problems, was the formation of a special group of professional arbitrators with superior credentials in the construction industry. This in turn would require compensation commensurate with the calibre of the expertise involved.

Subject Headings: Construction industry | Construction management | Arbitration | Professional societies | Licensure and certification

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