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Hi everyone! What CCA topics would you attend a session on during the 2019 Conference on Architecture?
We're trying to get a head start on submissions for the A'19, making sure there are sessions that cover items of interest to CCA members. For example, in 2017 we held a full-day workshop covering the CA issues for small / emerging practices. We've held other workshops in the past that covered BIM and contract administration, including building the connection between design and construction and how architects lead the process.
Let us know! As part of the CCA advisory group, We would really like to get your feedback/assistance as we develop our submissions for A'19.
Thanks,Yu-Ngok Lo2018 Chair, Construction Contract Administration KCEmma TuckerManage, Knowledge Communities
This would be my leading topic for Conference:
In general contracting (GC) and construction management (CM) delivery systems, the structure of the AIA owner-architect and owner-contractor agreements and general conditions, by their very purpose, create an adversarial relationship between architect and contractor. The architect is required to (a) approve of the contractor's finished work and incremental pay requests (b) make recommendations on requests for change orders (c) respond promptly and orderly to the contractor's requests for information (RFI) and (d) review shop drawings. The owner is the final beneficiary of the completed project and is thus responsible for all costs of design and construction. If there is a significant benefit for the owner to require building information modeling as part of the construction documents, it is the owner's responsibility to pay the costs of delivering additional expensive clarifying changes to the contractor in the BIM format. The architect must negotiate this issue with the owner during contract negotiations, not later when all the decision makers have left the table. The owner will then be motivated to tell the contractor when their requests are wasteful.
There will always be negotiations between the owner and the architect about who should pay the costs for errors and omissions including related BIM changes. This, too, should be resolved during contract negotiations
Although I am not an advocate of design-build delivery systems, because no-one is left to guard the hen house, that is the alternative to the traditional adversarial contracting relationship.
Architects and contractors have to strive to establish a collaborative relationship in traditional general contracting and construction management arrangements. It is not a good beginning to start with mistrust, suspicion of the contractor's motives and name calling under one's breath. You can read more about collaboration between architect and contractor on the AIA Knowledge Net at this link:
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