July 29, 2019 Michael Copas No comments

Alright Stop, Collaborate and Listen!

Collaboration is being pitched as an approach to integrate the diverse, and often divergent demands of a project team into a single vision. It’s a commendable goal, but most of software solutions that claim to help are centralized systems under the control and management of the developer or contractor. At the end of the day […]

June 25, 2019 Michael Copas No comments

Change Management – the other side of the coin

We previously explored the outgoing documents of CCDC 24 – those that are initiated by the designer/design team such as Site Instructions, Change Notices, and Change Orders. Now let’s take a closer look at the incoming documents – those that you receive from the contractor, consultants, and/or your client. Since incoming documents are coming from […]

September 18, 2018 Jason Peter Brown No comments

Exploring Change “Notices”

In construction contract administration the general purpose of a notice is to document the anticipated expansion or contraction of the scope of work of a project. Notices can be used to elicit a quote from the contractor, and should contain language that explicitly forbids or permits the contractor to proceed with any work described therein […]

February 21, 2017 Jason Peter Brown No comments

“I Hate Contract Admin!”

It’s a common refrain we hear from architects. Nobody becomes an architect with a dream to hack away at spreadsheets. When you first became an architect there was a decent chance you barely even knew that contract administration was a part of the job – it’s a topic that is typically given a cursory glance […]

January 24, 2017 Eric Sorenson No comments

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 […]

January 12, 2017 Michael Copas No comments

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 […]