Sunday, May 23, 2021

Managing Changes, Change Orders, and Construction Directives

Managing Changes, Change Orders, and Construction Directives

William N. Bernstein, AIA, LEED AP - President of project management company Empire Projects, Inc. - was one of the panelists at a CMMA webinar on "Managing Changes, Change Orders, and Construction Directives'. 

As described on the CMAA site (, this webinar involved the following topics:

"Changes and the resulting change orders and construction directives are common sources of delays and disruptions during a construction project and require understanding and management by the project team. Now that many construction projects are remobilizing and are under new health and safety protocol, navigating changes is more important than ever. The panel includes a construction manager/claims consultant, construction attorney, and owners rep/project manager who will discuss protocol and best practices under an ever changing job site environment."

The other panelists were Rocco Vespe and Mark Bloom. Mr. Vesper is a principal at HKA ( and Mr. Bloom is a partner at Arent Fox (

About CMAA: The Construction Management Association of America is an industry association dedicated to the practice of professional construction management. CMAA represents more than 16,000 members including federal/state/local government and private sector owners, construction consultants, technology suppliers, academia, and legal organizations all with a common goal: to improve our nation's infrastructure. (

About Empire Projects, Inc.: Empire Projects, Inc. provides project management and owner’s representative (owner’s rep) services. Founded in 2003 in New York, the company serves real estate developers. Institutions, building owners, company owners, facility departments, and real estate management companies. Clients include private companies (business owners, landlords, and tenants); the real estate industry (developers, real estate management companies, coop boards, individual property owners); the public sector (local, state and federal government); and institutional clients (universities, hospitals, and non-profits).

About William N. Bernstein, AIA, LEED AP: Mr. Bernstein is the President of Empire Projects, Inc., a project management company founded in 2003 and based in New York City, which serves clients in the real estate industry, public clients, and institutional clients such as universities, hospitals, and not-for-profits. He is a registered architect and a graduate of Yale University (Master of Architecture), with over thirty years of experience in the design and construction of high-profile, large-scale institutional, commercial and residential work. He is a member of the following organizations: American Institute of Architects, Construction Specifications Institute and the Project Management Institute. In addition he is LEED-accredited. Mr. Bernstein has equal expertise in both design and construction, offering unique leadership skills on the full project spectrum from concept to completion. 

New York (Headquarters)
Empire Projects, Inc.
575 Lexington Avenue – 4th Floor
New York, NY 10022
T: 212-463-0800

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