Early Completion Schedules – Benefits, Risks & Defenses

Duration 90 Mins
Level Basic & Intermediate & Advanced
Webinar ID IQW22J1028

  • Learn about the two forms of early completion schedules common on construction sites.
  • Understand how and why early completion schedules are constructed.
  • Explore the issue of whether a contractor is obligated to inform an owner of their planned early completion.
  • Review some recent U.S. court decisions concerning early completion schedules.
  • Be exposed to the pros and cons of having an early completion schedule on your project.

Overview of the webinar

A contractor’s right to complete work early was acknowledged by U.S. Courts in the 1960’s.  Delayed early completion claims arose shortly thereafter and became somewhat common in the industry.  It was then, and remains now, a controversial issue in the construction industry with many project owners refusing to accept early completion baseline schedules.  Others crafted contractual mechanisms defeat such claims.  The purpose of this webinar is to set forth the background concerning a contractor’s right to complete work early and examine the contractor’s right to seek an equitable adjustment should their early completion be delayed by action of the owner.  The webinars identified the potential benefits and risks for both owners and contractors.  Additionally, this webinar provides a brief overview of several different ways owners can defend against claims oriented early completion schedules.

Who should attend?


  • Owners and owner representatives managing capital improvement projects.
  • Contractor executives
  • project managers
  • project sponsors and project control personnel.
  • Construction managers and design professionals performing services during construction.
  • Attorneys representing owners
  • contractors
  • construction managers & design professionals performing services during construction.


Why should you attend?

  • Understand the background of the contractor’s right to complete work earlier than required under the contract.
  • Gain information on what is an early completion schedule and why some contractors use them on projects. 
  • Learn how to review early completion schedules and determine if they are legitimate schedules or claims oriented schedules.
  • Learn about early completion delay claims and what contractors must prove to recover damages.
  • Gain information about the contractor’s perceived advantages for creating and submitting an early completion schedule. 
  • Discover 12 ways an owner to avoid claims oriented early completion schedules.

Faculty - Mr.James G. Zack

Jim is the Senior Advisor, Ankura Construction Forum™. The Forum strives to be the construction industry’s resource for thought leadership and best practices on avoidance and resolution of construction project disputes globally. Jim was eh founder and Executive Director of the Navigant Construction Forum™.  Formerly he was the Executive Director, Corporate Claims Management Group, Fluor Corporation, one of the world’s largest EPCM contractors. Mr. Zack was previously Vice President of PinnacleOne and the Executive Director of the PinnacleOne Institute and a Senior Construction Claims Consultant for CH2M HILL, Inc. Mr. Zack has, for 47 years, worked on both private and public projects throughout the U.S. and in 28 countries abroad. Mr. Zack is a Fellow of AACE International, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, and the Guild of Project Controls.  In the construction claims field, he is a recognized and published expert in mitigation, analysis and resolution or defense of construction claims and disputes.  Mr. Zack is a Certified Construction Manager (CCM), a Certified Forensic Claims Consultant (CFCC) and a Project Management Professional (PMP).  Mr. Zack is an internationally recognized author and speaker in the construction claims and disputes arena.


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