AIA Document B101 outlines the responsibilities of the owner in a construction project. Key responsibilities include providing timely information, establishing and maintaining a budget, identifying a representative, providing geotechnical engineers and consultants, conducting tests and inspections, providing legal, insurance, and accounting services, promptly reporting defects, communicating with the contractor, coordinating the architect’s duties, providing access to the project site, and executing the construction contract. Understanding and fulfilling these responsibilities is critical to ensuring the success of the construction project.
Final Completion marks the end of a construction project and signifies that all work has been done to the agreed-upon standards. The architect has a key role in determining Final Completion, conducting inspections and issuing a final Certificate for Payment. The contractor notifies the architect when work is ready for the Final Completion inspection, which is to ensure the punch list is complete. The contractor must submit several documents before final payment is made. The final change order reconciles any outstanding financial issues and construction contract closeout confirms that all required documents are on file. Final Completion is a crucial milestone in any construction project and the architect plays a vital role in determining it.
Construction observation is a critical part of the architectural process, as it ensures that a project is built according to the design and specifications provided by the architect. During construction, the architect’s primary role is to ensure that the project is built according to the design and specifications provided. This includes monitoring the work of the contractor to ensure that it meets the requirements outlined in the contract documents. Additionally, the architect is responsible for verifying that the contractor has the necessary performance and labor/material bonds, as well as acceptable insurance. In addition to the primary responsibilities outlined above, architects also have several other responsibilities during construction. This includes monitoring conformance to sustainability requirements, as well as verifying the issuance of a certificate of occupancy by the building official.