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What are Conformed Drawings? Help

  • 1.  What are Conformed Drawings? Help

    Posted 01-11-2021 01:05 PM

    I know that the AIA defines "Conformed Drawings" someplace.  However, I must admit that the term is new to me.  I have a situation where I have to challenge the term as a "standard of care".  Any experience you have had with this term would be greatly appreciated.



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    David Brotman FAIA
    Past AIA Regional Director
    Sunset Consultants
    Scottsdale AZ
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  • 2.  RE: What are Conformed Drawings? Help

    Posted 01-12-2021 05:40 PM

    Relative to Federal work, conformed drawings incorporate bid clarifications issued as addendums so a "clean" as-bid set is available to the contractor.

     

    Brad Thomason, AIA, LEED AP

    Senior Project Executive, Construction

     

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  • 3.  RE: What are Conformed Drawings? Help

    Posted 01-12-2021 07:28 PM

    Instructions: B143™–2014, Standard Form of Agreement Between Design-Builder and Architect


    § 3.7.1.11 Conformed Construction Documents are the Construction Documents modified to include any addenda issued during the bidding or negotiation process.

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  • 4.  RE: What are Conformed Drawings? Help

    Posted 01-12-2021 07:49 PM

    It has been my understanding that "conformed drawings" replaces the terminology, "as-built drawings."

     

    William A. Wheatley, AIA

     

     

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  • 5.  RE: What are Conformed Drawings? Help

    Posted 01-12-2021 08:20 PM

    This is the definition I have seen the most often:

    1. Conformed drawings (and specs) incorporate all changes made during the bidding period, including contractor proposed changes.  This is then used as the construction set.   In my office, we just call this the construction set.

     

    In fact the Law Insider  agrees:

     

     

    Much of the work I am involved with now doesn't have a traditional competitive bid environment, and therefore there is seldom a convenient "stopping place" for changes made to the documents.  In a design/build environment, we really don't use the term anymore.  In multi-phase negotiated work, we also tend to use the term "construction set" for that set, and don't call it "conformed".     We use "construction set" or "Permit set" as our baseline document. 

     

    Anne Whitacre

     

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  • 6.  RE: What are Conformed Drawings? Help

    Posted 01-13-2021 10:07 AM
    David,

    The conformed set of contract docs for construction is the representation and codification of the project as
    finally contracted by the owner and ready for actual construction.  The conformed set requires cooperation
    between the CM, the Architect's team and the Owner.  The Architect should request, propose and receive
    compensation for delivering a conformed set for construction.  Now to unpack your question:

    A conformed set is not a requirement and if not typical practice in your market area should not be included
    in the expectation for standard of care.  Note:  I am not an attorney and I am not offering legal advice.

    A good strong conformed set would or could assemble and document the following:
         the pricing or bid docs revised and updated to capture the pricing phase activity and negotiation
         all Addenda integrated into the docs including specifications
         all pricing phase questions/answers ( I do not think CM's should use the term RFI prior to construction.)
         any adjustments made due to permitting, FM review or other jurisdictional directives
         integration of Owner VE directives and Owner changes made during pricing
         integration of accepted changes and exclusions made as part of the GMP and the price codied in the Contract
         the executed Contract and General Conditions

    The goal of having a conformed set is to step off day one of actual construction with a full set of contract and
    construction docs that represent the day one contract amount and agreement with the Owner.

    Good luck and Happy New Year,
    Carter M. Reich, AIA

         








  • 7.  RE: What are Conformed Drawings? Help

    Posted 01-20-2021 06:40 PM
    This topic is also being commented on in the Practice Management group.

    https://network.aia.org/communities/community-home/digestviewer/viewthread?GroupId=139&MessageKey=f82ef2cf-e683-47fe-9130-e6014ada24cb&CommunityKey=3ef3ad32-6927-46d1-a4f0-53e517c1e0a9&tab=digestviewer&ReturnUrl=%2fcommunities%2fcommunity-home%2fdigestviewer%3ftab%3ddigestviewer%26CommunityKey%3d3ef3ad32-6927-46d1-a4f0-53e517c1e0a9

    I have experienced use of the term a lot. I have generated "conformed" sets for a CMAR to establish their final GMP package submittal which will include their list of assumptions and clarifications (A's & C's) to the drawing and project manual/specification documents, Division 01 and to pre-con RFI responses. I have also generated "conformed drawings" for bid projects that a General Contractor will use for a field set. 
    The term definition is incorporated in the Owner-Contractor or Owner-CMAR agreement.  I would recommend including time in the project work plan and design phase schedule and including the associated cost (hours) to cover this task.

    As a reminder - 4.1.1.4 in B101-2017 includes, "conformed documents for construction," in the supplemental services list. The list also includes "as-designed record drawings," and "as-constructed record drawings." The Owner-Architect Agreement does not include the term, as-built."  Seems the as-built term that was used extensively in the 70's and 80's lives on. We have contractors, CM@R's and clients that use these terms interchangeably so this is a great topic for AIA Contract Documents to clarify all the terms we are experiencing.


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    Michael Katzin AIA
    President
    Michael Katzin Project Services, LLC
    Johns Creek GA
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  • 8.  RE: What are Conformed Drawings? Help

    Posted 03-05-2021 02:31 PM
    I recently found that AIA Documents' "Instructions for Use" for the B101 Owner-Architect Agreement (https://help.aiacontracts.org/instructions_b101-2017/) offer a lot of definitions for things that are listed as Additional Services in the Agreement. For example, they suggest:

    § 4.1.1.14 Conformed documents for construction (commonly identified as "Issued For Construction" documents) are the Construction Documents modified to include any addenda issued during the bidding or negotiation process and accepted alternates. 

    § 4.1.1.15 As-designed record drawings are the record of everything the Architect designed for the Project, and include the original Construction Documents plus all addenda, Architect's Supplemental Instructions, Change Orders, Construction Change Directives and minor changes in the work 

    § 4.1.1.16 As-constructed record drawings (commonly called "As-builts") are the record of the Project as constructed based on information the Contractor provides to the Owner under the contract for construction. Because the As-constructed Record Drawings will be based on the Contractor's mark-ups, the Architect is not responsible for the accuracy or completeness of the As-constructed Record Drawings.

    AIA Documents often establish a Standard of Care for users.



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    Arlen Solochek FAIA
    Owner
    Arlen M. Solochek, Consulting Architect
    Phoenix AZ
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  • 9.  RE: What are Conformed Drawings? Help

    Posted 03-05-2021 03:10 PM
    Practice Management had an interesting thread related to the topic a few months ago.


    4.1.1.4 in B101-2017 includes, "conformed documents for construction," in the Supplemental Services list. The list also includes "As-Designed Record Drawings," and "As-Constructed Record Drawings." The Owner-Architect Agreement does not include the term, as-built," at least I cannot find it in the document  Seems the "as-built" term that was used extensively in the 70's and 80's lives on and has to be discussed with the owner and contractor so all have the same expectation of what is required for the owner's needs and the contractor's needs. 

    I experienced the use of the "conformed drawings," term a lot in Georgia. I have generated "conformed" sets for a CM@R to establish a final GMP package submission.  That package often includes their (CM@R) list of assumptions and clarifications (A's & C's) to the drawing and project manual/specification documents, Division 01 and to pre-con RFI responses. I have also generated "conformed drawings" for bid projects that a contracted General Contractor will use for a field set. Some state agencies incorporate the CM@R's A & C's into the executed GMP.  

    Many projects still have owner and contractor senior and junior staff that use the terms interchangeably. The O/A/C team needs to be on the same page otherwise it will cost the architect in having to assemble and issue extra sets.  The additional compiling and issuing sets adds up in cost but can be a difficult topic to get an add service for after the fact if the terms were not coordinated in the O/A and O/C agreements up front.

    This is a great topic for AIA Contract Documents to further clarify all these terms.


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