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BEST PRACTICES

MAJOR MISTAKES
Mismanaged relationships can very be costly to your project. BY JOANNA HORSNAIL AND SARA HESS

parties may suffer when the
ยป Allrelationships
between the owner and
architect/engineer is mismanaged.

W

hen problems arise in complex construction projects,
owners and contractors
may attribute problems to
design or oversight by the project's architect/engineer (A/E). A poorly defined
relationship between the owner and A/E on
a project may contribute to problems, and
the perception of the A/E's responsibility for
those problems. As costs of a project escalate,
owners and contractors may seek recourse
from the A/E and its insurance policies.
There can be large costs to all parties when
the relationship between the owner and the
A/E is mismanaged.
We describe here five common issues that
can lead to disputes between an owner and
A/E and provide practical tips to avoid them.

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1. The A/E playing multiple roles on the project
In a traditional design-bid-build delivery method, the A/E is the
designer of a project, and the owner will separately retain a contractor for the project's construction. The A/E has design liability for the
project and owes a duty of professional responsibility to the owner.
Some design responsibility, however, may be left to the contractor, in
the preparation of shop drawings and equipment installation. The
owner may retain responsibility for selection and purchase of major
equipment, for which the A/E may need to review installation plans
or prepare additional design after the design phase.
Other project delivery methods more closely integrate design and
construction responsibilities. On a design/build project, there is no
separation of the design and construction parties from the owner's
perspective, and the design/build entity will owe a collective duty
of responsibility to the owner. Projects delivered using an integrated
project delivery (IPD) method retain the separation of the designing
party (and design liability) from the constructing party, but design
and constructability reviews are conducted collaboratively with


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