A new ramp is required to get into the front entry that damages the historical fabric of the building. What steps do you take?

Read about San Francisco City Hall’s $1 million ramp.

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What is the proper procedure for rejecting part of a contractor’s application for payment if the architect observes that a portion of the work is not yet complete?

Within 7 days, notify the Owner and Contractor in writing the reasons for withholding the certification in whole or in part.

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If there is a conflict between spec and drawings which one is assumed to over-ride the other?

The Contract Documents are intended to be fully cooperative and to the be complimentary. If the Contractor observes that any documents are in conflict, the Contractor shall promptly notify the Owner in writing. In case of conflicts between the Contract Documents, the order of precedence…

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What should an architect do if a contractor refuses to correct non-compliant work?

As the architect in this situation I would report my concern to the contractor, and if they are still unresponsive I would issue written notice of the situation to the…

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You notice that concrete on a job site seems to be cracking excessively. Should you order testing if none was noted in the contract documents?

Who pays for this testing? According to AIA B201 the architect my order testing or inspections of work if they believe it to be in the best interest of the…

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What is the significance of substantial completion and what is the architect’s role in this project milestone?

a. The significance of substantial completion is: – it is the end of the contract time (owner-contractor agreement) – it begins the warranty/correction period – it begins the period for…

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