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It is Construction Phase Services that offer the last opportunity to accomplish important tasks; tasks that can lead to a lowering of project problems and potential claims. Risk Management should be at the forefront of every practitioners mind. The creation of this Knowledge Community will not only empower greater achievements and control in risk management opportunities, but will increase the effectiveness of professional practice overall. Here, the last Quality Control can be taking place as construction is underway (just because the project is underway, the practitioner should not set aside the drawings). Here claims can be avoided or at least mitigated into less aggravated issues. The architect has the opportunity to create a bond through a team atmosphere with the other members, including the owner, contactors, engineers, local building authorities, etc. An additional benefit to the practitioner is the opportunity to tie in the Intern Development Program (IDP) within his or her office. With a Resource Center established within AIA, the often “difficult to obtain” Construction Phase Services exposure would be more available, thus better preparing young associates for future practice.