CONTRACT ADMINISTRATIONJune 2, 2014
Contract administration means we have now arrived at the construction stage. Usually we have spent around one year learning, designing and carefully documenting the proposed development. We have taken particular care to understand the project’s form, the materials and the detailing. This next stage of the building process is important because it’s now time to take that information and actualize it into built form.
During this period we will manage the contract between the client and builder to ensure design quality and workmanship are maintained and delivered.
Taylor Knights Architects has the ability to act as superintendent. This means we can be the independent contract administrator, ensuring compliance with all contract conditions. This is hugely beneficial to both parties because we understand and appreciate the documentation and what quality and conditions should be met. A building is a complex system made up of many parts therefore this level of knowledge is important.
At the beginning of contract administration we prepare and organize contract documents to execute between the selected tenderer and the client. We will arrange and attend meetings as well as undertake periodic site inspections. We will report on progress, quality, time and cost.
Taylor Knights Architects will assess and administer the contract between the client and the builder while also evaluating progress claims, extension of times and variations on behalf of the client. Acting as independent and impartial we will also issue certificates throughout the construction process as necessary.
Where required we will review shop drawings (drawings produced by a contractor) and any other drawings and submissions made by the builder.
We will check work onsite during site visits and assess the design quality, material and review the performance. Defects found onsite during the building construction will be evaluated.
At the end of the construction period (practical completion) we will inspect the works and nominate any items we believe to be incomplete and coordinate the rectification of defects found during the defects liability period.
In summary we will ensure that the project is delivered to the level of detail and quality as outlined in the original construction documentation.