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Words have power

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,...

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An architect's field reports

By Michael Plottel, FAIA, LEED AP Download as a PDF below, or read it online > #ConstructionContractAdministration #CCAWhitepaper #WhitePapers

Field Reports.pdf


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CCA-KC 10 best practice tips for 2018

Refresh your focus on construction contract administration by reading through these 10 tips for 2018. Tips include suggestions for responding to RFIs, establishing the Schedule of Values, reviewing submittals, and advice on record keeping. With thanks to Susan Heersema, Bill Schmalz, Sara...

AIA CCA-KC TEN BEST PRACTICE TIPS_2018.pdf


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CCA-KC 10 best practice tips for 2017

Refresh your focus on construction contract administration by reading through these 10 tips for 2017. Tips include suggestions for handling deficiencies, how to triage all RFIs and submittals from contractors, and who to include in meetings when reviewing mockups. With thanks to Bill Schmalz,...

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Beware of substitutions dressed in RFI or submittal clothing

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


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Ready and Underway: The Owner’s Case for Commissioning

By Michael Plottel, AIAThe complexity of modern buildings often leaves owners figuratively at sea. “Did we really get everything we paid for?” and “How do we operate this thing?” are two questions that often linger long after the ribbon cutting. The answers “Yes, we did” and “Yes, we can” start...

Ready and underway The owner's case for commissioning.pdf



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If We Keep On Doing What We’ve Always Done…

By Dale Munhall, AIAReal 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