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TORONE CONSULTING PRESENTATIONS
Brian Torone was a co-presenter of "The Top 10 Ways
to Prevent Major Screwups During Design and Construction" at the
the national conference of the American Institute of Architects. The
session was the most popular AIA presentation of all time, drawing
more than 1,200 people. The presentation was a survey of the ten
most common screwups, and how they can be avoided. The AIA
selected the presentation to be part of the its continuing
education program on the internet. It's now available for viewing
on the web (for a fee), where it is an eclassroom best seller.
Brian also presented a well-attended session at another AIA
national conference called "The Top Ten Reasons Architects Don't Get
Rehired." The presentation covered the most common reasons why
clients have problems with their architects, and how successful
architects stay out of hot water. This presentation was also
selected by the AIA for its continuing education program on the
In addition, Brian has co-presented two
sessions on Design-Build at noteworthy conferences: the Associated
General Contractors' Legal Advisory Committee (AGLAC) Conference
in Indian Wells, and the Coalition for Adequate School Housing
conference in Sacramento. The presentations were called "Avoiding
Design/Build Disasters," and explored the accuracy of the
conventional wisdom that design-build is faster, cheaper and helps
prevent disputes. He discussed the types of projects best suited
to design-build, how design-build contracts can be better
formulated to avoid disputes, and important attributes of the
design-build and owner teams. Of course, the program was spiced up
with real-life examples of design-build disasters, and discussed
ways that they could have been avoided.
Brian has done a number of lunchtime presentations for law
firms, architects, owner organizations, and contracting firms.
These sessions have included topics such as avoiding disputes,
scheduling and schedule analysis, negotiation, and design-build
issues. If you'd like to have him present at your firm, please
We have had numerous successes settling cases. You can find out about some of them at
Success Stories page.
The American Bar Association (ABA):
The ABA's Construction Forum hosts two major conferences per year
dealing with relevant legal issues in the industry.
The American Institute of Architects (AIA):
The AIA website has a wealth of information about its chapters,
its contract documents, continuing Education, professional
interest areas, and the American Architectural Foundation.
The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC):
The AGC website has numerous feature articles on contracting, as
well as information about contract documents, conferences and
The Coalition for Adequate School Housing (C.A.S.H.):
C.A.S.H. is a California coalition of school districts,
architects, attorneys, consultants, and vendors. C.A.S.H. holds a
monthly meeting in Sacramento, two workshops per month, a Spring
and Fall Conference and a statewide Annual Conference in the
spring of each year.
This site features up-to-date job postings, feature articles, and
listings of the largest design and construction firms in the U.S.
and in the international market.
The International Facility Management Association (IFMA):
IFMA is the largest organization for facilities managers. The site
includes information regarding certification, professional
development, conferences, and monthly media & reports.
The Project Management Institute (PMI):
PMI has an extensive network of information generated from its
numerous conferences, an Educational Foundation and other sources.
SOURCES FOR BOOKS
The Construction Book Express:
The Construction Book Express has a collection of books, videos
and software for construction, design, and facility professionals.
They include code books, construction software, and estimating
Construction Education Books:
Wiley & Sons
Wiley & Son has a large collection of books on architecture and
design. They sell books on architectural graphic standards,
building design, historic preservation, and professional practice.
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