October 2013

MCN had a very busy week making the rounds at various events this past week. It was good to see so many of our present “connections” as well as to meet so many new people we hope will make their “connection” in the near future. Both the Meet the Primes event and the Blue Book Showcase network were great opportunities for MCN to spread the word about what we do and further expand the reach of our network.

This week we will be focusing on following-up with the new contacts we made as well as promoting our next two upcoming events – the project tour of the new Recycling Center in Baltimore County that we are hosting with AIABaltimore, as well as our Direct Connect with the “Baltimore Urbanization” panel discussion on 11/19.

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The Maryland Mechanic’s Law, the Maryland Little Miller Act (for state and local government projects), and the Miller Act (for federal projects) provide valuable tools to help those working on construction projects get paid. However, in order for claimants to take advantage of their rights under these laws, there are certain statutory time deadlines with which they must comply.

In Maryland, Mechanic’s Liens are obtainable against most private projects. In order to obtain a Mechanic’s Lien, a claimant who does not have a contract with the “owner” (as that   term is defined by the statute) of the project in question must send written notice to the “owner” of his intention to claim lien within 120 days from the claimant’s last day of work on the project. The notice must contain all of the statutorily required information and it must be sent by certified mail, return receipt requested or be personally delivered to the “owner” of the property (which, under some circumstances, can mean a tenant). In addition, the claimant’s lawsuit to establish a Mechanic’s Lien must be filed within 180 days from that claimant’s last work on the job. Failure to comply with either one of these deadlines will result in the claimant not being entitled to a Mechanic’s Lien.

Public projects are not subject to a Mechanic’s Lien. Rather, many of those furnishing labor and material to state and local projects where the general contract is in excess of $100,000.00 are protected by the Maryland Little Miller Act. Under the Little Miller Act, persons having a contract with a subcontractor or with a sub-subcontractor of the general contractor who furnished the labor and material payment bond on the project must send written notice of their payment bond claim to that general contractor. The notice must contain all of the statutorily required information and must be sent by certified mail, return receipt requested within 90 days of the claimant’s last work on the project. Furthermore, the payment bond claimant’s lawsuit on the payment bond must filed within one year after the owner/public body “finally accepts” the project.

Many, but not all, persons furnishing labor and material to federal projects where the general contract is in excess of $100,000.00 are protected by the Miller Act. Under the Miller Act, those furnishing labor and material to a subcontractor of the general contractor who posted the labor and material payment bond on the project must send written notice of their bond claim (containing all of the legally required information) to that contractor. The notice must be sent to the prime contractor by any means which provides proof of delivery, and the notice must be sent within 90 days of the claimant’s last day of work on the job. The claimant’s lawsuit on a Miller Act payment bond must be filed within one year from the claimant’s last day of work on the project.

A claimant’s failure to comply with any of the above-discussed deadlines, if legally required to do so, will result in their claim failing. Therefore, it is imperative for contractors to know the statutory deadlines for the Maryland Mechanic’s Law, the Little Miller Act and the Miller Act so they are never caught “snoozing” and lose valuable rights which can help them get paid for their work.

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Upcoming Event – 2013 AIABaltimore MCN Podcast 130x130 Brown

Excellence in Design Awards

Our guests for this show are AIA Baltimore’s Excellence in Design Awards  Co-Chairperson’s; Ms. Sharon L. Day, AIA LEED AP – Associate – GWWO Architects and Mr. Scott Walters, AIA LEED AP -Associate – Hord Coplan Macht Architects.

The 2013 AIABaltimore Excellence in Design Awards  awards ceremony promotes and publicizes the work of AIABaltimore members throughout our region. This year also marks the 50th Anniversary of AIABaltimore’s Design Awards!

October 18, 2013 – Baltimore Design School (BDS) – 1500 Barclay Street Baltimore,  MD 21201
Ticket Prices are $50.00 each, $45.oo each when purchasing 6 or more, and  $25 each for Associate AIA / Students with I.D
While tickets will be available at the door, please make every effort to make your registration in advance.

Sharon and Scott recognize their committee members for their contributions in making this event a success, the continual hard work and effort of AIABaltimore staff, as well as the special corporate sponsorships for this event from L & L Supply Corp., Lewis Contractors and Marvin Windows and Doors.

Categories and Awards

1. Architectural Design

  • Design Awards
  • Honorable Mentions

2. One and Two-Family Residential Design*

  • Distinctive Residential Awards

3. Special Recognition Awards

  • The Grand Design Award  (Given to the most exceptional project as deemed by the jury.)
  • Award for Excellence in Environmentally-Sensitive Design
  • Michael F. Trostel, FAIA, Award for Excellence in a Historic Preservation Project
  • Emerging Professionals:  Unbuilt Project Awards The jury will be invited to recognize unbuilt projects by Emerging Professionals (Associate AIA members) that exemplify outstanding design ideas.
  • Good Design = Good Business: This award is intended to recognize projects in which design excellence elevated the resulting benefit of a project to the business, institution, or community, which it served.

Judging Criteria

Judging criteria include, but are not limited to, the following:

DESIGN RESOLUTION which demonstrates skill and sensitivity to formal, functional and technical requirements.

DESIGN ADVANCEMENT which furthers the contemporary understanding of design by proposing new approaches to the development of architectural form.

SUSTAINABLE DESIGN conserves resources, preserves ecosystems,  optimizes comfort, and reduces environmental impact thru high  performance, integrated and innovative design, concern for unique  cultural heritage, and affordability (including the Award for Excellence  in Environmentally-Sustainable Design).

Exemplary HISTORIC PRESERVATION standards in restoration,  rehabilitation, adaptive reuse, addition or sensitive new construction  in a historic environment (including the Michael F. Trostel, FAIA, Award  for Excellence in a Historic Preservation Project).

At the jury’s discretion, a GRAND DESIGN award will be given to a built project judged to be exceptional. When partnerships or professional corporations are submitting, at least one principal must be a member of AIABaltimore. If an architect of a firm is not the sole designer of the project or has been a member of a joint venture team, all other participants substantially contributing to the design must be given credit, regardless of professional discipline.

Sharon and Scott share with the audience what being an AIABaltimore member has meant to them and they encourage everyone to learn more about how an AIABaltimore membership might be right for your business. Visit AIABaltimore at www.aibalt.com or you can phone AIABaltimore at 410.625.2585.

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Today’s interconnected environment requires that companies focus on cyber security as an essential ingredient to support the economy’s infrastructure and national security. On a daily basis, computer viruses, identity theft, and loss of sensitive data threaten to disrupt information and communication systems.  Maryland has recognized this need and its role in protecting our nation’s information networks and is striving to be the epicenter of the cyber world.  This includes commitments to efforts in local facilities at NSA, Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), 12 major military installations (including Fort Meade in Anne Arundel County, which is home to the Navy Fleet Cyber Command and the U.S. Cyber Command) and countless federal contractors and commercial enterprises.

Applying a multidisciplinary approach to this emerging sector of our economy, Offit Kurman has formed a practice group of attorneys focused on collaboratively serving companies that deal with   the issues arising from this rapidly growing sector.  These issues cover the gamut from protecting intellectual property innovations to providing adequate security for personal data in its possession, financial information, and sensitive client or customer information.

Drawing on the collective expertise of our attorneys in many practice groups, including Government Contracting, Business Litigation, Business Transactions, Corporate Finance, Insurance Recovery, Intellectual Property, International, Labor and Employment practice groups, Offit Kurman provides assistance to clients across a broad spectrum of cybersecurity issues including:

    • Creating security policies and corporate governance approaches
    • Ensuring compliance with the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM) and IC security requirements representing applicants and employees who have been denied  security clearances or had their clearances revoked
    • Negotiating and advising on licensing and contractual obligations in handling data or outsourcing data or development to third parties
    • Navigating notice requirements once a security breach has occurred
    • Negotiating contracts to include security and data protections
    • Licensing and intellectual property protection of software advances;
    • Advising on compliance with the export controls (ITAR and EAR)
    • Navigating ecommerce rules and issues
    • Developing privacy policies
    • Assisting in audits of intellectual property assets
    • Responding to government inquiries and investigations
    • Conducting internal investigations and advising on voluntary disclosures
    • Pursuing insurance indemnification and defense costs related to security breaches and remediation
    • Legislative updates and information

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