BE-CI Contract Terms and Conditions

BE-CI is providing a service, not a product. All services not specifically defined, in writing, are not included within BE-CI’s scope of services and will be classified as additional services. Client agrees to compensate BE-CI for any additional services, requested or required, at BE-CI’s standard rates or other terms as mutually agreed upon. Additional services may include but are not limited to re- reviews, reinspections, re-tests, scope changes, stand by time, travel delays, services outside normal business hours, or services provided beyond the estimated project duration. Proposal, submitted by BE-CI, shall be valid for ninety (90) days unless otherwise stated.


    • a. All documents produced by BE-CI for this Project and the Client will be provided electronically, unless agreed otherwise in writing. Documents will be distributed to a list of recipients provided by the Client and upon request from the Client. Documents too large to email or share electronically will be provided on a thumb drive, CD, or other storage media. Any paper production of documents or storage media required or requested is an additional services and Client agrees to reimburse BE-CI for the actual costs incurred to produce such documents, plus a 15% administrative fee.
    • b. Unless indicated in writing otherwise, services do not include travel expenses, such as mileage, car rentals, airfare, or other means of transportation, along with fuel, baggage fees, parking, overnight lodgings, and meals. If travel expenses are included in our fee, they are based on 2-weeks advance purchase and standard rates. Client agrees to reimburse BE-CI for any costs incurred, plus a 15% administrative fee, for travel expenses that are not included in the fee or more than standard published rates.

    • c. Client or Client’s appointed representative shall provide BE-CI with unobstructed, safe, and continuous access to areas necessary to perform their services. In the event, access equipment or contractor assistance is necessary for BE-CI to perform their services, BE-CI will notify the Client and provide a cost for BE-CI to coordinate the necessary equipment and/or contractor assistance required to provide our services. Client agrees to reimburse BE-CI for any costs incurred to provide access, contractor assistance or accommodate delays, plus a 15% administrative fee, for labor and expenses that are not included in the proposed fee. The following services are specifically not included, unless indicated in writing otherwise: Abatement of hazardous materials, repairs due to destructive testing, structural analysis or code compliance of existing conditions, permit fees, interior design, color recommendations or renderings indoor air quality control, fire sprinkler design, MEP, IT design, project specific or Client required safety training, and attendance at meetings.

BE-CI’s services will be performed and conducted in a manner consistent with that level of care and skill
ordinarily exercised by members of the same profession currently practicing under similar conditions in
the location where the services are to be performed.

    • a. BE-CI shall only be liable to pay damages to Client arising out of or relating to the Services provided and compensated for, to the extent that such damages are caused by, and are in proportion to, the negligence of, or breach of the Standard of Care by, BE-CI. Should BE-CI be liable jointly with any third parties, the portion of damages payable by BE-CI shall be limited to the portion of liability which attributes to BE-CI’s breach of their Standard of Care on a comparative fault basis. Client acknowledges that BE-CI’s services will be rendered without any warranty, expressed, or implied and all warranties are expressly waived by Client. Nothing contained in these terms and conditions shall create a contractual relationship with or a cause of action in favor of a third party, including any individual owners, not the Client, guests, contractors, subcontractors, vendors, or suppliers, against either the Client or BE-CI.
    • b. BE-CI is only responsible for the safety on site of its own employees and subcontractors. Under no circumstances, shall this be construed to relieve the Client or any of its contractors from their responsibilities for maintaining a safe jobsite. Neither the activities of BE-CI, nor the presence of BE-CI’s employees and subcontractors shall be construed to imply that BE-CI has any responsibility for jobsite safety or any activities on site performed by personnel other than BE-CI’s employees or subcontractors. 
    • c.Notwithstanding any other provision of these terms and conditions or any other agreement between BE-CI and the Client, BE-CI shall not have control or charge of and shall not be responsible for construction means, methods, techniques, sequences, contractor scheduling or procedures, including but not limited to safety precautions and programs in connection with the project or activities at the project site, for the acts or omissions of any contractor, subcontractors or any other persons performing any work or undertaking any activities at the project site, or for the failure of any of them to carry out any work or perform their activities in accordance with their contractual obligations. 

All reports, field data, notes, calculations, estimates, programs, manuals, drawings, specifications, and other documents prepared by BE-CI, as instruments of service, shall remain the property of BE- CI, including copyrights. Contingent on the Client’s full and timely payment of all sums due under this Agreement, BE-CI grants Client a non-exclusive license to use the final and complete versions of the documents produced by BE-CI for the sole purpose of constructing, maintaining, evaluating, improving, or adding to the project identified in the document.

    • a.  BE-CI’s documents that are provided for bidding, permitting and construction allows the Client, contractor, sub-contractor, and suppliers authorization to reproduce applicable portions of BE-CI’s documents solely and exclusively for use in performing their services for this Project. These documents shall not be altered or edited when reproduced. BE-CI’s documents shall not be used on any other projects or for other purposes than identified in the documents produced by BE-CI. Permitted “for construction” documents will be based on the code requirements applicable at the time the documents are produced. Changes in code requirements after the date the documents are produced may require changes to the documents. Any requested or required changes, after the completion of documents, are subject to an additional fee. 
    • b. Client agrees that all documents and other work product furnished to the Client and their agents, which are not paid for, will be returned upon request, and not used by the Client for any purpose whatsoever.
    • c. BE-CI will retain all pertinent records relating to the services performed for a period of not less than three (3) years following the date the document was produced or dated. These documents will be made available to the Client, upon request and within a reasonable timeframe, if Client does not have an outstanding balance for services rendered. Client also agrees to reimburse BE-CI for all costs to retrieve and reproduce the requested documents, plus a reasonable administrative fee. This includes but is not limited to court orders and subpoenas.
    • d. BE-CI is and shall always be an independent consultant and not considered or construed as an employee or agent of the Client. Client agrees not to recruit or hire any BE-CI employees or associates that worked on any of the Client’s projects

Invoicing shall be submitted monthly corresponding to services performed and expenses incurred by BECI prior to the cutoff date of the invoice. All invoices shall be due upon receipt. Invoices, which are unpaid after forty-five (45) days from the invoice date, are considered late and therefore subject to an interest charge at the rate of one and one-half percent (1.5%) per month, plus related attorney’s fees, and collection expenses.

    • a. In the event, BE-CI’s fee is based on a percentage of the construction costs and the work is suspended, delayed, or discontinued for more than ninety (90) calendar days, at no fault of BE-CI, the services performed by BE-CI, may be based on our Standard Hourly Rates, up to and including such date the work is suspended, delayed, or discontinued. Fees based on a percentage of the construction costs may not be proportionate to the percentage of work completed and will be billed based on the percentage or work completed by BE-CI not the project or contractor. Should BE-CI choose to bill according to our standard hourly rates, BE-CI’s hourly fee shall not exceed BECI’s total contracted fee, if the contracted fee was based on BE-CI’s Standard Percentage Fee Schedule and the Total Projected Project Costs.

    • b. BE-CI’s standard hourly rates and employee classifications are subject to change periodically due to obtaining certifications, registrations, promotions, or economic conditions. BE-CI will provide notice to the Client no less than 30-days prior to a change in the standard hourly rates or employee classifications that are in effect for their projects.

    • c. In the event BE-CI is required or requested to pay a vendor participation fee, to provide and/or performed our proposed services or to provide invoicing, the Client shall be responsible for reimbursing BE-CI for the full amount of such fee(s)


BE-CI has and will maintain insurance policies for the duration of the Project and not less than 2-years following the completion of the project. Policies will include coverages for Commercial General Liability, Automobile, Worker’s Compensation, and Professional Liability claims. These coverages have policy limits that meet or exceed statutory requirements. Certificates for all such policies will be provided upon request.


    • a. Additional insurance, terms, or limits, if requested in writing prior to commencement of services, will be obtained by BE-CI, if procurable and Client agrees to reimburse BE-CI for all costs associated with obtaining additional coverage. Address Testing Proposal | 9
    • b. The Client shall require and procure insurance coverage from every contractor responsible for the construction of work that is designed, specified, or reviewed by BE-CI or any other entities that are responsible for any other activities relating to the project. These parties shall hold harmless and indemnify BE-CI, to the fullest extent permitted by law, from and against any and all claims, damages, liabilities, suits, costs, and expenses, including reasonable attorney fees and other costs to defend, that arise in connection with the negligence, breach of contract, or strict liability of any owner, contractor, sub-contractor, vendor, or supplier. Client shall also name and cause such contractors to name BE-CI as an additional insured on their policies.

Client agrees that the work produced, and services provided by BE-CI are for the sole and exclusive use of the Client and is not for the benefit of any third parties, unless specifically indicated in writing otherwise. The Client acknowledges and agrees that under no circumstances or events shall the total liability of BECI exceed the total fees paid to and received by BE-CI from the Client. This limitation is specific to each project and the fees paid for the project that created the liability. Under no circumstances shall the total liability exceed the coverages or limits BE-CI has in force at the time of the claim. Any objection to these limitations must be conveyed to BE- CI, in writing, prior to Client’s acceptance of these General Terms and Conditions or commencement of BE-CI’s services. To the fullest extent permitted by law, the total liability in the aggregate of both Parties and their officers, directors, employees, agents, and independent professional associates, and any of them, to the other Party and anyone claiming by, through or under said Party, for any and all injuries, claims, losses, expenses, or damages whatsoever arising out of in any way related to each Party and their actions, from any cause or causes whatsoever, including, but not limited to, negligence, errors, omissions, strict liability, breach of contract, misrepresentation, or breach of warranty shall be limited to actual damages and limitations indicated above.

    • a. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in other agreement(s) or provided for under any applicable law, neither BE-CI nor Client shall be liable to the other party, either in contract or in tort, for any consequential, incidental, indirect, special or punitive damages, including without limitation, any delay damages, loss of future revenue, income or profits or any diminution of value, financing costs or cost of lost opportunities, whether or not the possibility of such damages could have been reasonably foreseen or determined.

    • b. BE-CI will not be held liable for any claims or damages that occur due to the fact the Client or Contractor did not follow BE-CI’s recommendations or adhere to the scope of work prepared by BE- CI. The Client acknowledges that the contractor and/or their sub-contractors performing the work are solely responsible for fully executing the work and any possible damages resulting from their work. The Client further acknowledges and agrees BE-CI cannot be held responsible, accountable, or otherwise culpable for the work performed by the Client, owner, contractor, or their sub- contractors.

Client agrees, to the fullest extent permitted by law, to indemnify, defend and hold harmless BE- CI, and its officers, directors, agents, employees, and associated companies, collectively referred to as “BE-CI Parties,” from all claims, actions, damages, liabilities, losses, costs, and expenses, including reasonable attorney fees, arising out of, resulting from, or in any way connected with the performance or nonperformance by BE-CI Parties, services or obligations.

    • a. BE-CI Parties shall not be entitled to indemnification for any claims resulting from gross negligence, willful misconduct, or statutory violation by any BE-CI Parties. The BE-CI Parties’ rights to indemnification shall include, without limitation, indemnification for any and all losses resulting from any claims made or brought against BE-CI’s indemnified parties to the extent caused by any of the following: (1) failure to follow any recommendations by BE-CI Parties, (2) failure to correct any deficiencies noted by BE-CI Parties, (3) any breach by the Client or their responsible party of their obligations, (4) the Client’s gross negligence or willful misconduct, (5) exposure to any hazardous materials while performing any services for the Client, and (6) third party claims.

    • b. Upon notice by BE-CI, the Client shall defend the BE-CI Parties with counsel chosen by BE-CI, subject to consent of the Client unless consent is unreasonably withheld. The parties agree that this duty to defend is separate and distinct from any indemnity obligation, and the duty shall extend to the project(s), regardless of whether Client is obligated to indemnify the BE-CI Parties for the loss, claim, or damage.


Under no circumstances shall BE-CI be responsible for delays in the work which are beyond their reasonable control or caused by the Client, its agents, consultants, contractors, or sub-contractors. Should any of these delays prevent BE-CI from performing their services, as intended, Client agrees to reimburse for any reasonable costs due to lost production. 

    • a. In the event BE-CI submitted piece rate pricing for the scope of services, those piece rates will be held for 12 calendar months from the signing of the contract. Should the project delivery extend past 12 months from the execution of the contract, BE-CI reserves the right to increase those piece rates at their discretion. BE-CI will provide written notice 30 days prior to any increase in piece rates.

    • b. Either party may terminate BE-CI’s services, for cause, upon giving the other party written notice seven (7) business days prior to date of termination. Notice must include a date of termination along with a detail explanation as to the cause of termination. The cause must be based on a failure to perform their services in accordance with these General Terms and Conditions or a breach of Contract. Such termination shall not be effective if that cause has been remedied before the date of termination. Client may terminate BE-CI’s services due to lack of funding or they are unable to complete the project. BE-CI may terminate this Agreement, if the project is suspended for more than ninety (90) days, at no fault of BE-CI or should Client fail to make timely payments for services completed and invoiced.

    • c. In all events of termination, BE-CI shall be paid for services performed up to and through the date of termination plus reimbursable expenses. Client agrees to compensate BE-CI for all services performed prior to the termination date and according to BE-CI’s standard hourly rates, plus reimbursable expenses, or another mutually agreed fee. 


All claims, disputes, controversies or matters in question arising out of, or relating to, this Agreement or any breach thereof, including but not limited to disputes arising out of alleged design defects, breaches of contract, errors, omissions, or acts of professional negligence, collectively referred to as “Disputes,” shall be governed by Florida law and in the jurisdiction of Okaloosa County, unless agreed upon otherwise in writing. Disputes involving amounts less than $250,000 shall be decided by binding arbitration in accordance with the Construction Industry Arbitration Rules of the American Arbitration Association or any other appropriate rules upon which the parties agree otherwise. 

    • a.Both parties agree to split costs equally for any mediation or arbitration proceedings, and that the prevailing party shall be entitled to recover reasonable attorneys’ fees and expenses, to defend any disputes that requires arbitration or litigation to resolve, excluding mediation.
    • b. In the event a dispute is moved into a court of law to resolve, both parties agree to waive their rights to a jury trial.
    • c. Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, in no event shall a Dispute or demand or any other proceeding initiated, more than two (2) years from the date the party making the demand knew or should have known of the dispute or five (5) years from the date BE-CI concluded their Services, or other statutory limits, whichever date shall occur earlier. 

These General Terms and Conditions represents all the terms and conditions enforceable between the Client and BE-CI for all agreements, written or verbal, and supersedes all other negotiations, understandings, and representations, if any, made by and among the parties. Should any of these terms and conditions becomes invalid, legal, or unenforceable in any respect, the validity, legality and enforceability of the remaining terms and conditions shall remain. Should any agreements or other contract documents have contradictorily terms or conditions, the terms and conditions in this document shall prevail.

    • a. These terms and conditions may be amended, modified, or supplemented, but only enforceable if in writing and signed by authorized representatives of both the Client and BE-CI.
    • b. The failure of a party to require performance of any provision in these terms and conditions shall in no manner effect its right later to enforce the same. No waiver by a party of any term or condition of this document shall be considered effective unless in writing and signed by authorized agents of the waiving party.

    • c. No contracts or agreements between the Client and BE-CI shall create a contractual relationship with or provide any rights or privileges to a third party, unless explicitly indicated otherwise.

    • d. Either party may assign the rights to any agreement along with these terms and conditions in the event of a sale or change of ownership; however, no assignments by either party shall be made without the prior written consent and acknowledgment of the other party. To the extent that consent is required, it shall not be unreasonably withheld.

    • e. BE-CI is an abbreviation and reference to BECI-Florida, LLC. BE-CI may utilize affiliated companies within the BE-CI Network, in order, to provide the services required.


Principal Partner

Engineer, Architect, or Consultant:

Regional Manager

Engineer, Architect, or Consultant:

Branch Manager

Engineer, Architect, or Consultant:

Senior Project Manager II

Engineer, Architect, or Consultant:

Senior Project Manager I

Engineer, Architect, or Consultant:

Project Manager II

Engineer, Architect, or Consultant:

Project Manager I

Engineer, Architect, or Consultant:

Project Manager Associate

Engineer, Architect, or Consultant:

CADD Operator

Design & Drafting:

Administrative Assistant

Executive & Project Manager:

Other Services

Sub-Consultants & General Labor:

Cost + 15%

The above schedule of fees is applicable for time expended during preparation, portal-to-portal travel, onsite, teleconferences, research, attendance at meetings and report preparation. Expert Witness services will be charged at 1.5 times the applicable scheduled fees, plus reimbursable expenses. Any services provided on weekends, holidays and/or requests with less than 2-day advanced notice will be subject to Overtime Rates (1.5 times the applicable scheduled fees).

Reimbursable Expenses:
BE-CI will coordinate and provide any field supplies and equipment necessary to perform the proposed services. Rental equipment, field supplies, along with airfare or mileage, rental vehicles, lodging, meals, and fuel for rentals are reimbursable expenses. Mileage will be charged to and from the project, according to the BE-CI office the employee originated from. Travel in private or company owned vehicles would be charged at the prevailing mileage rate established by the IRS. Reimbursable expenses will be based on actual costs plus a 15% Administrative Fee.

Invoicing will be submitted on a monthly basis and payable within thirty (30) days of the invoice date. Overdue invoices are subject to 1.5% Interest per month, plus any customary and reasonable Attorney’s Fees and Collection Costs. Payments shall be delivered to:

BE-CI Lockbox
PO Box 23108
Jackson, MS 39225-3108