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Nathan Woods, CCCA, LEED AP
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Post Number: 342
Registered: 08-2005
Posted on Friday, September 10, 2010 - 08:25 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Here is an interesting article, with much more interesting comments and responses below (including Ron Geren's):

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Posted on Saturday, September 11, 2010 - 12:05 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

I think the author misses the mark. Although there are some A/E offices that still shy away from Construction Change Directives, other offices (and Owners) use them almost recklessly (in my view). CCDs permit the Contractor to proceed with changes that are on the "critical path" so that impact on the project is minimize.

In my view (and what I teach in my CDT classes) is that every CCD should resolve itself into a Change Order which can effect all three of the "essences" of the contract (scope, schedule, budget). The CCD is not a Architect's Supplemental Instruction; a "get-out-of-jail" card to get something for nothing. It is a directive for the Contractor to proceed with the understanding that potential cost and schedule issues will be resolved in good faith. That resolution is a written Change Order modifying the construction contract.
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Posted on Monday, September 13, 2010 - 04:35 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

The case cited has nothing to do with Construction Change Directives. This is about an architect that messed up in giving a fee proposal to the client without adding the additional fee required of its MEP consultant to do all of the work. This case involves a consultant to the architect suing the architect for the money it was owed in performing the work it was aked to do.

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