Differing Site Conditions Produce Differing Challenges

Contractor on construction site

Sarah E. Carson relates proactive steps to avoid costly obstacles that may cause a project’s success to go awry.

February 18, 2019
Sarah E. Carson - Smith Currie

The saying “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry” can too often apply in the construction industry. A contractor may receive a description of site conditions that is ultimately found flawed or misleading. The costs associated with addressing these surprise conditions often fall on the contractor to pay. The following article details proactive steps to avoid costly obstacles that may cause a project’s success to go awry.

What are Differing Site Conditions?

There are generally two recognized types of differing site conditions. The first, often referred to as a “Type I Changed Condition,” exists when a specification in the conditions indicated in the contract documents varies from what is represented. The second category, generally referred to as a “Type II Changed Condition,” is a variance so unusual in its nature that it materially differs from conditions ordinarily encountered in performing the type of work called for in the geographic area where the project is located.

Ms. Carson may be contacted at secarson@smithcurrie.com



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