04: Construction Administration

Contract Administration (CA) services are required to fulfill the linear development from schematic design through construction.

Different owner-architect-contractor agreements require different levels of services on the architect’s part.

CA services begin with the initial contract for construction and terminate when the final certificate of payment is issued.

The architect’s core responsibility during this phase is to help the contractor to build the project as specified in the CDs as approved by the owner.

Questions may arise on site that require the architect to develop architectural sketches: drawings issued after construction documents have been released that offer additional clarification to finish the project properly.

In addition, the architect responds to RFI’s and submittals, attends job meetings, interprets the documents, reviews requisitions for payments and issues punch lists and certificate of substantial completion.