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Cash Allowance or Contingency?

Cash Allowance for patio garden

You are designing a new condominium building, and your not a landscape architect, however the development company your client has requested that the the landscaping for the building be included in the construction contract.   You are behind schedule, the tender deadline is nearing and there is no time to hire a landscape architect.   What do you do?  Postpone the tender? This is a case where a Cash Allowance may come to your rescue.  Read More…

Bonding or Insurance?

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An addition to an existing school valued at around $1M was out to tender.  This was Robert’s first major project after starting his own firm, and as a newly registered architect he was still feeling his way around the world of tendering and contract administration.  This was also the first time he had written specifications by himself.  

Everything was going pretty well with the tender, until Robert received a call from one of the bidders on the morning before the closing.  The bidder asked if  instead of providing a bid bond and the other bonds listed,  could he just include a copy of his Builder’s Risk insurance policy?

It was a pretty good policy, he was paying a lot of money for it, so what was the use of doubling up on the insurance with bonding?  The contractor explained that the Contract Security (Bid bonds, Performance Bonds and Labour & Material bonds) were just different forms of insurance and that he could save the owner a lot of money by not having to provide them.  “Trust me” he said, Insurance was all that was needed!  Robert started to question himself and the spec he had written.  What should he do? Read More…

Shop Drawing Review – Contractor Essential

 

Florida Polytechnic ConstructionSometimes there is a bit of anxiety on the part of Consultants on how far to go in the review of a shop drawing.  This anxiety can be reduced by understanding a little bit of the purpose and intent of shop drawings along with the responsibilities of the Contractor in the process. Read More…

Site Photos with Purpose

A good Photograph is knowing where to stand – Ansel Adams

How many times have you taken site photos and then back in the office you realize that the photos are missing parts of the room, details or some other information you desperately need that minute!  Have you ever sent a junior on site to take progress photos, but when you see them it’s obvious that the photos won’t be of much help to certify that progress claim.  Great shots of the footing, but what about the rest of the building?  Here are a few suggestions that will help to improve the process of taking better site photos. Read More…