Estimates of the Cost of Work

When is the architect required to prepare an estimate of the Cost of Work according to AIA Document B101 Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Architect?

Is the Spec Open or Closed?

Is the contractor permitted to submit substitutions or propose comparable products? Not if the spec is closed, he is not. Be careful if you think you know, just from reading a technical section of the specifications. The manufacturer and product..

Who is the Specifications Beneficiary?

Specifications are technical documents - part of a construction contract - describing contracting requirements. Is there really a beneficiary to such a legal document?

A Script for Specifications - in 3 Acts

Writing is the easy part. Knowing what to write is another story.

Tracking Issues Needing Resolution

Writing construction specifications is like assembling a jigsaw puzzle. Except puzzles always have a photo of the completed puzzle on the cover of the box.

Benefits of Volunteering

There are many activities vying for everyone's time, and there are many reasons for selecting the activities in which to participate. Then there are priorities: family, friends, work, and more. With all the opportunities for spending the little time we..

Learning and Sharing

Many state architectural licensing boards and AIA membership requires continuing education credits each year. The number of required credits is less than 1% of the annual work hours - slightly more than two eight-hour days total time required for..

Sustainable Design - What's the Strategy?

A program at the Philadelphia AIA Design on the Delaware annual conference last week, discussed the legal aspects of green building. The panelists used an outlandish hypothetical case to explore where the design pitfalls may lie. Issues ignored by the..

Catch It in the Addendum

We see it time and again. The deadline approaches. The rush is on. All the delayed decisions and tasks are now urgent.

It's a Digital World

Image Credit: Xylophone Films Blog post by Alberto Izarraraz on May 08, 2013

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