Part II: Key Provisions of School Facility Construction & Design Contracts

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David R. Cook is a partner at the Atlanta-based law firm, AHC Law, where he practices in the firm’s construction law group.

July 21, 2018
David R. Cook - Autry, Hall & Cook, LLP

In Part I of this article, published in late April, we discussed the performance risk and time risk involved with construction and design contracts, and in Part II, we will cover cost risk and political risk.

Cost Risk
School budgets are limited for many reasons, and the construction budget is no exception. As a result, contracts should guard against unwarranted cost increases and claims. In the absence of a written change order signed by the appropriate officer, the contract should absolutely prohibit additional compensation for changes in the work. It should forbid claims for all events except those within the school authority’s sole control. Even for permitted claims, the contractor must provide written notice so that the authority might alleviate the problem and control its costs. To encourage the contractor to limit costs and claims, the contract could include a shared-savings clause, which grants an incentive payment for completion within the budget.

Mr. Cook may be contacted at cook@ahclaw.com



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