Construction Termination Part 2: How to Handle Construction Administration When the Contractor Is Getting Fired

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Before making any decisions, see what the contract says about when a contractor can be fired.

August 1, 2023
Melissa Dewey Brumback - Construction Law in North Carolina

If you’ve been working as a design professional for any length of time, you know that you must be a chameleon on the construction project. You need to “step into the skin” of both the Owner and the Contractor to determine who is at fault, and who should pay.

You are usually the Initial Decision Maker (IDM), and so you have a duty under the AIA documents to act fairly and impartially in making those decisions. See AIA B101§

Even if you are not under an AIA contract, you still have that duty if you are the IDM or handling construction administration for the project. More often than not, however, it will be the owner asking you to support its termination of the contractor “for cause.”

Should you do so?

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