Month: January 2017

FIVE by StatsLog, Uncategorized

“But I’ve Got These Killer Spreadsheets…”

70% of architects and architectural firms are using general-purpose office software such as Word and Excel for their construction contract administration*.

On the surface, this seems like the obvious choice – you’ve already paid for licenses for your Office suite, you have lots of experience with Word and Excel, and you might even have a nice collection of spreadsheets and word templates that you’ve cobbled together over the years. But what if we dig a little deeper?

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Contract Administration

Build Your Skill Profile

Building your professional profile? We can help!

Contract Administration is a complex business. Each day you’re managing requests from contractors, emails from consultants, and issuing reports to clients, not to mention visiting the site to ensure everything is going according to plan. These are just some of the tasks that make contract admin professionals an invaluable part of every construction project. So why not highlight your skill set?

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Contract Administration

Withholding Funds During Construction

Holdback, retainage, and withholding are all terms used to describe monies withheld from the Contractor by the Owner. In Ontario, holdback is legislated as a percentage of the progress of work, and is intended to protect employees on a project site.

Many contracts also include special funds, and I have given them a different name to avoid confusion. In Canada I tend to use the term retainage for sums that are withheld at the discretion of the owner or consultant. Retainage (or non-legislated holdback amounts) are typically lump sums used to cover the costs of deficiencies, or for the remediation of unaccepted work.

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