Blog: Substantial Performance

RForm at the RAIC Festival of Architecture Saint John

Hello there,

This is a short post to let you know that we will be at the RAIC Festival of Architecture in Saint John.  Drop by our booth on Friday at the Trade show to say hello.  If you’re an existing user, we would love to answer any questions you might have. If your thinking about using RForm, we would be happy to provide a quick demonstration. If you would just like to pick up one of our pencils and a sticky pad, we would be happy to see you!

Later that  afternoon, we are also giving a presentation in the 20 min Emerging Trends sessions on the Aging Architects and Business.

Looking forward to it, see you there!

Cash Allowance or Contingency?

Cash Allowance for patio garden

You are designing a new condominium building, and you’re 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…

Process is the answer, now what’s the question?

Have you ever had to deal with:

  • Marking up a set of drawings, only to find out that really basic information is missing time after time; North arrows, references, sheet titles not matching the index page?
  • Each employee re-inventing the wheel or doing it their own way when it comes to contract administration forms? Everyone having their own special template or spreadsheet tracking system?
  • Looking for information on the office server, only to find out that it was saved locally on a personal computer and that the employee is not around when you need it?

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Can’t agree?

The renovation of a heritage building started with preparations to demolish some walls to accommodate a new room layout. Unfortunately, during the preparations the general contractor discovered that the building structure had deteriorated to the point where there would be serious structural problems if  the walls were removed.

This discovery would result in additional construction costs, and delay the project completion date. The architect with the consultant team drafted a Proposed Change Order. The general contractor provided a very expensive quote for the  work of the change, and a notice in writing of a delay claim.  The owner responded that he could not accept any change in the schedule and that the proposed change order quote was crazy and bordered on extortion!

What would you do, if you had a dispute that looked like it could not be resolved? There are 2 possible strategies that you could use. Read More…