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Your professional liability needs are unique.

January/February 2006

Texas Architect (ISSN: 0040-4179) is published seven times per year (bimonthly and in April) by the Texas Society of Architects (TSA), 816 Congress Ave., Suite 970, Austin, Texas 78701. TSA is the Texas component of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Copyright 2006 by TSA.

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d i r e c t o r Ashley St. Clair a s s i s ta n t

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At Bell we never give you someone else’s insurance program. Instead, we use our know-how and experience to tailor the protection and service that’s just right for you. And there’s a good chance we’ll save you money in the process.

Broadest protection for the design professional Bell represents design firms of all sizes, from one-person firms to large international organizations. Highlights of available coverage features include:

You’re in charge

Volume 56, Number 1

The Official Publication of the Texas Society of Architects

Your insurance should be, too.

• Broad coverage for pollution and asbestos liability • Removal of the “Hammer Clause” from consent to settle • Optional first dollar defense


• 3-year policies for qualifying firms • Aggregate deductible options • Optional defense costs outside limits of liability • Coverage for Design/Build professional services • Simplified applications

The Bell approach recognizes that you are the design professional. Thus, we don’t dictate practice as some other brokers may do. We use a hands-off style which always leaves you in charge, while still providing the service you expect, including contract reviews.

You may enjoy substantial savings

Numerous rate credits may be available as a means of lowering your insurance costs. You may also qualify for a unique profit sharing plan offered by one of our insurers. This plan returns many millions of dollars to design professionals each year. Why pay more?

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It’s easy. Just allow us to make a comprehensive review of your present coverage. Of course there’s no cost. No obligation either. Your Bell representative will also provide rate quotations promptly. Remember: We’re professionals serving professionals. Call Byron Johnson, CPCU, CIC in our Dallas office or Glenn Wilson, ChFC, CIC, ARM in our Houston office.

Contr ibut in g E dit ors Lawrence Connolly, AIA, Austin; Stephen Fox, Houston; Greg Ibañez, AIA, Fort Worth; Nestor Infanzón, FAIA, Dallas; Max Levy, FAIA, Dallas; Gerald Moorhead, FAIA, Houston; Ed Soltero, AIA, El Paso; Bryce Weigand, FAIA, Dallas; Frank Welch, FAIA, Dallas; Willis Winters, AIA, Dallas; David Woodcock, FAIA, RIBA, College Station

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Texas Architect Jan/Feb 2006: Schools  

Texas Architect is the official publication of the Texas Society of Architects, each edition features recently completed projects and other...

Texas Architect Jan/Feb 2006: Schools  

Texas Architect is the official publication of the Texas Society of Architects, each edition features recently completed projects and other...