In casual conversation, we often use terms imprecisely. We assume—usually correctly—that the people we’re talking to understand what we mean, even though we aren’t quite saying what we mean. For example, architects often say “CA” or “construction administration,” even though architects don’t...
Differentiating between QA and QC.pdf
By Eric O. Pempus, FAIA, ESQ., NCARB, ORSA Misuse of terms in agreements and other construction industry documents include referring to a design professional as a “Contractor,” and misusing the word “all” when it has the effect of expanding the subject in a sentence. Download as a PDF below,...
Words have power_final.pdf
By Michael Plottel, FAIA, LEED AP Download as a PDF below, or read it online > #ConstructionContractAdministration #CCAWhitepaper #WhitePapers
By Bill Schmalz, FAIA Download as a PDF below, or read it online > #ConstructionContractAdminstration #CCAWhitepaper #WhitePapers
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By Eric O. Pempus, FAIA, Esq. Download as a PDF below, or read it online . #ConstructionContractAdminstration #CCAWhitepaper #WhitePapers
RFIs - What's so good, bad and ugly about them.pdf
By Eric O. Pempus, FAIA As they become “generally familiar with the progress and quality of the Work,” architects customarily, although not required under the standard agreement, use photography (either photos or videos) to document work on the site. Let's talk about what to photograph and...
By Bill Schmalz, FAIA Although submittals are rarely matters of life or death, architects can use the triage concept to facilitate submittal review. Within a day of receiving a submittal, you should give it a quick, cursory review using this provided list of questions to determine your next...
By Bill Schmalz, FAIA, and Yu-Ngok Lo, AIA Most architects know that a substitution, an RFI, and a submittal are distinct things, each with its own relationship to the owner-contractor agreement. Neither RFIs nor submittals should be used to change the design intent. Substitutions can, when...
Beware of substitutions dressed in RFI or submittal clothing_2017 edits.pdf
By Dale Munhall, AIA Real progress in the construction industry will require changes that are far more fundamental than electronics and wishful thinking. Our history of risk-shifting and adversarial contractual terms needs to give way to real collaboration and teamwork, so take a look at 5 IPD...
If We Keep On Doing What We’ve Always Done.pdf
by Bill Schmalz, FAIA & Charles Schreckenberger, AIA The current process of developing new construction is demonstratably inefficient, yet most designers, builders and owners have accepted it as the norm. Take a look at some of the ways innovators in project delivery have challenged this...
Custom Cars Mercury Rising and the Elusive Goal for Construction Productivity2.pdf