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Legal Column. Design and be Damned

The French have an elegant expression - ‘plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose’; loosely translated, it means there is nothing new in the world. Some engineers may have noticed a recent trend (or should one say ‘fad’) for clients to contract on a ‘design and build’ basis, where the contractor assumes responsibility for designing as well as constructing a building. There had been a similar fad in the early 1970s (again, during a construction boom), only then such contracts were called ‘package deals’. J.J. Ward