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Architect Review of Contractor Submittals: A Guide

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Architect Review of Contractor Submittals is a crucial aspect of the construction process. According to the AIA document, the Architect shall review the Contractor’s submittal schedule and shall not unreasonably delay or withhold approval. The Architect’s action in reviewing submittals shall be taken in accordance with the approved submittal schedule or, in the absence of an approved submittal schedule, with reasonable promptness. The Architect’s review of submittals such as Shop Drawings, Product Data and Samples is for the limited purpose of checking for conformance with information given and the design concept expressed in the Contract Documents. The Architect’s review does not determine the accuracy and completeness of other information such as dimensions, quantities, and installation or performance of equipment or systems, which are the Contractor’s responsibility.

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Submittals: An Overview of Their Importance in Construction

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Submittals are a staple of the construction process. They typically consist of product data, shop drawings, or physical samples that show the contractor’s detailed plans for what they plan to install and how they plan to do it. Submittals are typically prepared by subcontractors, vendors or suppliers, not always the contractor themselves. The purpose of submittal review by the architect is twofold: to finalize details of certain portions of the work that are beyond the scope of the design intent drawings and for the contractor to submit drawings to the architect, demonstrating their understanding of the contract documents. The submittal schedule is the first item covered in the section of the contract documents that deals with submittals. The architect’s responsibilities related to submittals are covered in the contract documents. It’s important for the contractor to include adequate time for review by the architect as well as their consultants, if applicable.

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The Architect’s Role in Construction Observation

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.

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