Specifications and Contracts
How can the topic of contracts ever be interesting? It’s all related to timing. When you are in charge of a project and there is a conflict between what is being done in the field and what the designer intended to be done, specifications and contracts become fascinating! Until then, they are just papers with words and numbers running across the page. They read like tax instructions or insurance policies. Why should you struggle to understand them? Because:
• They protect the owner
• They clarify instructions to the contractor
• They often force indolent and careless crews to provide quality work
• They help you choose the best vendor or contractor for the project
• They establish written references and policies that govern a project
• They provide a “plan B” when things go wrong
• They define key words that could have different interpretations
• They provide consistency and fairness for bidding, awarding, executing, installing, monitoring, and closing out a project
But they are boring, let’s face it! Read along to find non-technical explanations of what, how, and why specifications and contracts include, work, and are essential. It is our hope, as a design professional, you should (not shall) be enlightened and/or kept entertained. As always, it is important for you to read the following legal stuff before jumping in to the topic.
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