As construction budgets and schedules for completion continue to tighten, today’s construction projects are increasingly fraught with tremendous risk. Disputes over even the smallest of issues can quickly escalate, with crippling consequences to the parties involved and the project itself. The Project Neutral is a unique form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) developed by Progress Claims that blends technical analysis and mediation services to help parties reach a fair, negotiated settlement swiftly, inexpensively and without contention. Retained jointly by the parties, Progress Claims objectively assesses the issues in dispute and presents its findings to both parties. On the basis of their findings, a trained mediator leads the Progress Claims team in moving projects toward a negotiated settlement. This process allows both sides, and their counsel, to maintain control of the process and the resulting settlement.