Norcal PTACNorthern California Procurement Technical Assistance Center

Public Works Contracting Series | Contractor’s Insurance Programs

Public Works Contracting Series | Contractor’s Insurance Programs

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 10:00am to 11:00am


Align your business for public works contracting success with expert advice in this three-part series.

Attend one session or all at your discretion.

  • Session No. 1 | Contractor’s Insurance Programs | April 20
  • Session No. 2 | Tips on Risk Mitigation | April 22
  • Session No. 3 | Managing Your First Project | April 27


This three-part web series guided by Edward Duarte, Construction/ Public Works Specialist for Norcal PTAC is designed for contractors new to public works and those interested in deepening their understanding of this unique marketplace. Topics covered will help prepare attendees to be more successful in their public works projects and avoid pitfalls.


#1 Contractor’s Insurance Programs

Tuesday, April 20, 10:00am to 11:00am (60 mins)

Feeling daunted by public works insurance requirements? We can help demystify the process. This webinar will offer some clarity by discussing the various types of insurance coverage required by public works construction projects. Each type of policies, listed below, could theoretically be required on a specific construction contract, so it’s best to do your research ahead of time.

Webinar topics include:

  • Workers compensation
  • Public liability & property damage
  • Professional liability (errors & omissions)
  • Pollution coverage
  • Increased coverage riders
  • What is meant by “Additional Insured?”


#2 Tips on Risk Mitigation

Thursday, April 22, 10:00am to 11:00am (60 mins)

Estimating and bidding on a public works project can be intimidating due to a lack of clarity about the risks involved in the process. Numerous issues can and will impact your ultimate project costs that need consideration and evaluation. Issues relating to weather, schedule, budget, owner, project location, subcontractors, suppliers, strikes, ‘acts of god’, etc. are just some of the issues that should be assessed during the bid preparation.

In this webinar, we will provide an overview of the different risk factors a contractor should assess when preparing their bid, to make you more prepared in the public works marketplace.


#3 Managing Your First Project

Tuesday, April 27, 10:00am to 11:30am (90 mins)

So, you won your first contract - now what? This webinar will address the multitude of issues, policies, and steps a contractor will need to manage when they build a public works construction project.

Webinar topics include:

  • Prime or subcontract awards
  • The subcontractor’s role and legal position
  • Bonds & insurance
  • Submittals
  • Safety programs
  • Jobsite meetings
  • Inspections
  • Pay applications
  • Change orders
  • Closeout procedures



Edward Duarte

Construction/ Public Works Specialist for Norcal PTAC.

Edward Duarte is the founder and retired CEO of Aztec Consultants; a San Ramon-based professional construction management company and general contracting firm. Founded in 1986, Aztec specializes in public works, commercial, and institutional construction projects. Under his leadership, the company provided construction management services on over $250 million of public works contracts and built over $200 million as the general contractor of record, subcontracting with numerous DBEs and other minority-owned businesses. Duarte is also the co-founder, Program Director, and principal instructor for the Construction Management Certificate Program at Cal State East Bay.



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