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Matt Cornett, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, CCS, CCCA
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Username: matt_c

Post Number: 1
Registered: 05-2015
Posted on Monday, May 11, 2015 - 10:52 am:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Has anyone been able to track how the construction contract administration process performed by architects has been able to save the client money? There are many obvious and not so obvious reasons but in terms of specific amount savings...
Curt Norton, CSI, CCS
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Username: curtn

Post Number: 220
Registered: 06-2002

Posted on Monday, May 11, 2015 - 10:57 am:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

CCA protects the Owner's investment to make sure they get what they paid for. If there are poor documents and/or excessive changes, the CCA can help review the pricing to protect the Owner for paying too much for the change.

The only way I see CCA saving the Owner money, is preventing lower quality materials from being installed, that cost the Owner increased maintenance down the road.
Nathan Woods, CSI, CCCA, LEED AP
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Username: nwoods

Post Number: 650
Registered: 08-2005

Posted on Monday, May 11, 2015 - 12:16 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

The short answer is No. But as a tiny part of the picture, I always track change order requests by dollar amount submitted verses dollar amount approved, which is usually significantly less. Getting to the lower number by applying a fair review based on the contract documents is just one aspect of what we do in Service to the client. One SMALL aspect I would argue, because all the work done in the field to resolve issues before they ever become a change order comprises the majority of my effort. Hard to track that in terms of dollars.
ken hercenberg
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Username: khercenberg

Post Number: 901
Registered: 12-2006

Posted on Monday, May 11, 2015 - 12:56 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

How do you prove that something didn't happen?

CA services are the ounce of prevention. Owners who don't understand that will learn quickly when finding themselves paying for the pound of cure.

I found it interesting when one firm I know of tracked their air barrier testing results. Projects where the air barrier installation was scrutinized ended up performing better than projects where no scrutiny was performed REGARDLESS OF THE SYSTEM USED. Scrutiny could be by the manufacturer, designer, or independent testing agency. Those with full-time compliance observation tended to come out the best based on blower door testing, even if the observer was entry level.

Dear Owners: CA services. We have your back.
Wayne Yancey
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Username: wayne_yancey

Post Number: 741
Registered: 01-2008

Posted on Monday, May 11, 2015 - 02:45 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Theoretically a CCA will not burn through the CA fee because they should know what they are doing. This not saving the the fees paid by the Owner. Only his/her employers fees. Hopefully in this effort, the CA person will sniff out the contractor's bull baffles brains double-talk and save the Owner from spending more $$ then agreed.

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