The construction industry is a major component of the South Carolina economy. Over 90,000 people are employed in construction in the state, spread among approximately 9,000 firms. Statewide, more than $3 billion is spent annually on private nonresidential construction projects. The Tri-County Area of Berkeley, Dorchester and Charleston Counties in particular are growing rapidly, and that growth is driving an extraordinary expansion in construction activity. To succeed in the years to come in this dynamic, multifaceted industry, clients need lawyers who can manage this complex environment – who understand both where the industry has been and where it is going, and can effectively integrate both viewpoints.
Rosen Hagood has a highly respected construction practice that provides our clients with the perspective their rapidly-evolving industry demands. Our experience is both broad, spanning across the entire state of South Carolina, and deep, touching every sector of the construction industry. For over 40 years, our attorneys have represented commercial general contractors, subcontractors, architects, engineers, commercial and residential developers, construction management companies and residential builders. In addition, Rosen Hagood has experience in prosecuting construction and design defect claims and contract disputes on behalf of homeowners associations, building owners, municipalities, and residential homeowners.
Our attorneys counsel clients on different contract delivery methods related to construction of office buildings, shopping centers, warehouses, box stores, restaurants, recreation facilities, public utilities, apartment complexes, condominiums, townhomes, and personal residences. Each case is different, and so are the issues involved. We consistently and efficiently handle matters involving the drafting, review, revision and negotiations of contracts, the state procurement process, bidding disputes, bid protests, payment disputes, scheduling claims, including acceleration and delay issues, mechanic’s liens, construction and design defects, payment and performance bonds, contract termination, Surety indemnification, and zoning/licensing issues.
Construction is an exceedingly technical field, and construction matters tend to be complex, document-intensive and prolonged. Typically, a matter will involve contractors, subcontractors, architects, and a wide range of other parties. Thanks to our experience, our attorneys are skilled at managing these intricate cases efficiently, and minimizing the need for direct involvement from our clients to what’s absolutely required. A major part of our philosophy of practicing construction law is striving to minimize the impact on our client’s day-to-day work. Our clients have trust in our capabilities, which allows them to carry on their day to day operations and lives without worrying that their matter is being handled appropriately.
Whether discussing the specifics of design loads, building components, building codes and industry standards, assessment of liquidated damages, concurrent delays, insurance coverage, or professional standards of care, our attorneys are known for their in-depth technical knowledge. We’ve been doing this for a long time. Having this degree of a substantive construction background saves time, improves client communication, and results in more sophisticated representation of clients in this demanding, evolving industry.