From acquisition and compliance to renovation and construction to operation and maintenance, Robinson+Cole’s Construction Group lawyers can guide educational institutions through the unique pressures they face.

Our Services

We assist academic clients with legal matters in the following areas:

  • complex design construction and renovation agreements involving student residences and mixed affordable housing
  • procurement and contracting of design and construction services for capital improvements, investment properties, and facilities maintenance
  • resolution of construction-related disputes through alternative dispute resolution or litigation
  • environmental permitting and enforcement matters, brownfield development, financing, due diligence reviews, compliance reviews, negotiation of risk allocation and transfer mechanisms, green building issues, and environmental cleanups
  • land and improved property acquisition, sales, permitting, zoning, and financing
  • land, office, retail, restaurant, and other commercial property leasing, subleasing, portfolio management, and licensing, including brokerage matters
  • telecommunications licensing and installation
  • property easements, reciprocal easements, restrictive covenants, traffic control, and shared-use agreements

Our education clients range from large state institutions to small colleges and private secondary schools. 

Our Team

We tackle projects of all sizes, from large capital improvements to routine maintenance, including funding, timetables, and community outreach. Our team handles all types of legal matters surrounding these types of facilities:

  • administrative and classroom buildings
  • dormitories
  • parking garages
  • libraries
  • laboratories
  • dining halls
  • restaurants
  • athletic facilities
  • retail space
    • Experience
      • Representation of a prestigious northeastern Ivy League university regarding its interests in drafting and negotiating hundreds of millions of dollars in design, construction, and consulting contracts on the university's most prominent projects. Served as special counsel in developing and maintaining a new family of construction and design contract documents, reflecting an integrated project delivery system. Document forms include various standard forms of construction and design agreements, such as general contractor agreements, construction management agreements, design and consulting contracts, bond forms, purchase orders, bid documents, RFP forms, bundling agreements, and design-build contracts. Representation also includes advice on policies governing owner-controlled insurance program, safety, project labor agreements, procurement deliverables, claims readiness, and dispute resolution.

      • Representation of Dartmouth College in negotiating design and construction contracts to expand the art museum as part of a new arts district and to create new exhibition, educational, office, and public spaces. New galleries will be used to display African, Aboriginal Australian, modern, contemporary, and Native American art.

      • Representation of Providence College in drafting and negotiating the design and construction agreements for the Ruane Center for Humanities, a 63,000-square-foot building constructed to accommodate its new Development of Western Civilization program, as well as offices for the School of Arts & Sciences, the center for the Study of the Humanities, the Liberal Arts Honors Program, and the Departments of English and History.

      • Representation of an independent coeducational college preparatory boarding and day school in negotiating a design contract for a 24,000-square-foot science building designed and built in accordance with sustainability principles of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) rating system of the U.S. Green Building Council.  

      • Representation of Common Ground in New Haven, Connecticut, the nation's longest-running environmental charter high school, in preparing RFP materials and a construction contract for the construction of a new center for learning and leadership, renovating existing school buildings, and making extensive sustainability upgrades on the charter school's 21-acre campus.

      • Representation of King Low Heywood Thomas School in Stamford, Connecticut, in preparing design and construction management contracts for the phased renovations to the Upper School, including a state-of-the-art academic center, new common space with integrated vertical circulation, substantial renovation of support space, asbestos abatement, and infrastructure improvements.

      • Representation of a Connecticut municipality in contract procurement and negotiations associated with renovation of several school complexes under a construction manager building delivery system.

      • Representation of a Connecticut town in drafting the construction and design services agreements for the proposed renovation of a high school, the roof replacement at an elementary school, and a new town hall and police station.

      • Representation of the City of Stamford in the procurement, preparation, and negotiation of the design and construction contracts for the renovation of six buildings and a new addition on an existing campus for the New Interdistrict Elementary Magnet School Extension to the Rogers 1B Interdistrict Magnet School Program located on Strawberry Hill Avenue in Stamford, Connecticut.

      • Representation of a university in the drafting and negotiation of an EPC contract for the replacement of three existing combustion turbines and heat recovery steam generators with two new 7.5 MW dual fuel combustion turbines with heat recovery steam generators, delivering combined heat, power, and chilled water to the main campus.

      • Representation of an independent coeducational college preparatory boarding and day school in the negotiation of a contract for comprehensive professional and technical services to plan, design, and construct select utility infrastructure and energy projects as part of a utility master plan for the 500-acre campus. 

      • Representation of a university in the drafting and negotiation of an installation and power purchase agreement for a 1 MW warehouse rooftop solar array with 4,400 panels. Power generated and sold to the university offsets the equivalent of 16,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide over the system's life.

      • Representation of Providence College in the drafting and negotiation of the major design, construction and consulting agreements for Phase I of the Ruane Friar Development Center, which includes a new two-story structure attached to Alumni Hall with basketball practice facility and space for Department of Athletics activities. The new construction includes two new practice courts, locker rooms, athletic office space and a training facility totaling 56,000-square-feet of space. This project will also include improvements to Alumni Hall.

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Our Team