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BUSINESS 106: Design & Construction Agreements

Learning Objectives

  • List key elements of design agreements and construction contracts.
  • Discuss how to get paid for your design work and fixed-fee vs. cost-plus.
  • Identify how to handle travel expenses and reimbursable fees.
  • Describe how to manage progress payments.


Staying out of trouble is the most important requirement for success. But if something goes wrong, your agreement is the last line of defense from a legal standpoint. Understand the differences between design and construction agreements and fixed-fee vs. cost-plus. You will get some insight into the legal considerations and requirements of agreements. Lastly, learn how to handle fees and markup so that you don’t get ahead or behind the expenses.

Time/ Credits

2:00 hrs


Skip Phillips, SWD Master

Ambassador and Co-founder of GENESIS®
(760) 815-3961

SWD Master Pool Designer
Skip Phillips, SWD Master, GENESIS® Ambassador & Co-Founder

Skip Phillips, former owner of Questar Pools' and the firm's current principal designer, is one of the world's most renowned designers and builders of custom swimming pools, spas and other forms of aquatic architecture. In 1993, the Robb Report declared Phillips "the world's most influential swimming pool designer" and since then he has received extensive coverage in trade magazines and on T.V., including multiple HGTV appearances, newspapers and prestigious national publications including Better Homes & Gardens, New York Times and Wall Street Journal. He is co-founder of GENESIS and is a charter member of the Society of Watershape Designers. He is widely credited for transforming and uplifting the pool and spa industry. Phillips' body of work includes some of the most beautiful and technically advanced watershapes of the modern era.