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Purpose of Assignment: To increase awareness in the student of key differences between two common standard contract forms as they relate to the authority of…

Purpose of Assignment: To increase awareness in the student of key differences between two common standard contract forms as they relate to the authority of the design professional during construction.
Relevance to the Profession: Construction management professionals will encounter many different construction contract forms during their careers, including those of the AIA and EJCDC.  Since the authority of the designer performing services to the facility owner during construction is a frequent source of dispute, it is important that the construction manager understand the limits of that authority.
Audience: Your audience for this paper is the CEO of your company/organization, the Facility Owner of construction.  You have been directed by her to prepare this analysis to help in deciding which of two standard construction contract forms is better suited to use in an upcoming construction project.
Assignment:
Part A (15 points)
Compare and evaluate the language pertaining to the authority of the designer in current standard contract forms (2007) of the AIA and EJCDC as stated in their respective general conditions.  Focus on the following five key elements:
    Site visits and inspections    Rejection of contractors work    Review/approval of contractors submittals    Determinations regarding concealed or unknown conditions    Interpretation of the contract documents
Part B (10 points)
Based on your findings in Part A:
    Give a general description of a project type and facility owner type that are a better fit for the AIA standard contract form. State your reasons.    Give a general description of a project type and facility owner type that are a better fit for the EJCDC standard contract form. State your reasons.
Format: This assignment must be typed, double-spaced, using Times New Roman or Arial font size 12.  The overall length must be at least 1,200 words (provide a word count).

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