Retainage of Payment, What's the Purpose?

In the last blog, we talked about the punch list and briefly touched on retainage. This month, as part of a look into the "Construction Alliance" and the "Construction Guidelines", we are going more in-depth to discuss why "Retainage of Payment", is..

Truths About the Punch List

Last month, we talked about site visits and observations and how the Design Professional is responsible for observing the work and not inspecting the work. This month, as part of a look into the "Construction Alliance" and the "Construction Guidelines"

To Observe or To Inspect, That is the Question.

Being the son of a brick mason, I was always fascinated with construction sites. Some may disagree, but as an Architect, one of best parts of the job was visiting the site to observe the Work and interact with the Contractors. This month, as part of a..

The Importance of Project Record Documents

Like many intern architects, one of my tasks would be to field verify existing building conditions prior to design. Sometimes easy, sometimes difficult, it always depended on whether or not there were "existing" building documents or if we had to..

Project Closeout Starts at the Beginning

If you are like me, toward the end of a project, you may lose a little focus when you start to see the light at the tunnel and start thinking about the next project or deadline. However, this is not the time to let up. If anything, we need to refocus..

Progress Payments - Who Doesn't Want To Get Paid?!

I hope you all had a great holiday season and were able to connect with family and friends, either in person (socially distanced of course) or virtually. As we close out the books on 2020 and look forward to 2021, let's make a resolution to do our..

Progress Meetings - The Antidote to Murphy's Law

Well, this is it, the last month of 2020, a year that has had just about everything. If Murphy could claim a year, this would have been it.  This month, as part of a look into the "Construction Alliance" and the "Construction Guidelines", we will ..

Pre-Con: The Critical Conference

Later this month, we will begin the holiday season with Thanksgiving, a great time of year to reflect and be thankful for the many gifts in our lives. Many will cook, eat, watch parades, eat, watch football, eat, visit with family and did I mention..

Payment for Extra Work - Cost Plus Fee

It's finally here, fall! My favorite time of year when we change from hot humid days to cooler days and sleeping with the windows open. Speaking of changes, this month, as part of a look into the "Construction Alliance" and the "Construction Guidelines

Knowing When to Lien

I hope you are enjoying these dives into the "Construction Alliance" and the "Construction Guidelines". This month, we will take a look into the world of pay applications, particularly lien waivers. The September guideline of the month is one of the..

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