Dear YouDig? Archives
We are structural engineers and often find that dealing with design and project architects is akin to a trip to the Land of Oz. We encounter dreamy plans that are pretty on paper, but require major changes to the laws of physics. And some, not all, architects are persnickety when challenged and therefore, less than accommodating. Yet they are often empowered to hold up a project by the AIA documents and the ever-present “creative differences.” How do we minimize this friction?
Differing Site Conditions
We are about to embark on a journey to replace several of our very old manufacturing facilities and build new ones in locations that we find more suitable to our current business model. We have no experience building in any of these localities and, frankly, fear major budget shortfalls as a result of the unexpected. Any guidance would be appreciated.
-Our First Rodeo
We are a stone supplier. We have successfully moved stone all around the world without incident, that is….until last week. A shipment of magnificent granite from China was on its way to a high end, fast track hotel project in Cleveland when it sank in the Indian Ocean. Thankfully, all of the crew were saved before the vessel went down. The stone, however, is at the bottom of the sea. What do we do to mitigate the impact of this disaster?
-The Tiger is Pi
NBA CHAMPIONSHIPS AND “ACTS OF GOD”
I am a general contractor in a large Midwestern City, and am in the process of constructing modifications to a very large arena for a week-long political convention. Suddenly, out of nowhere, I learned a professional basketball team would need the arena to compete in the National Basketball Association Championship series. I fear we may not successfully deliver the project to the political party. The arena owner insisted that we stop work until after the series so that he could meet his commitments to the NBA team and its fans. We will certainly incur significant overtime costs and delay issues. How do we make sure we get paid for the trouble?
-Fear the Cavalier
We are a commercial plumbing contractor and take pride that we don’t often end up in disputes with our customers. Even still, the management of change orders are the bane of our existence on the fast-paced, high intensity projects we work on. Virtually every time we sign a contract it includes a specific procedure for owner’s change orders which we expect to follow. In practice, the written procedure is rarely followed and we are often asked to perform extra work without a signed change order or risk losing favor with the general contractor. Our time and effort often goes down the drain. When we fight to get paid later the GCs will often point to the written contract and deny the verbal change. Is there any way for us to get paid if the general contractor deviates from the contract and orders additional work without a signed change order? Ch-Ch-Ch Changes