In a perfect world, there would be no obstacles that impede construction professionals and all projects would be completed on time and under budget. However, as Lakeland construction attorneys, we simply know this is not an option. There are many legitimate reasons why projects end up going over budget, deadlines are missed, or the building process needs to be changed. When these things happen, the project needs to be readjusted.
If a project needs a lot of changes midway through, this can lead to a lot of issues including disputes. It can also result in a contractor’s need to consult with a Lakeland construction lawyer. In this three-part article series, we will cover six of the primary reasons why projects experience significant changes during the building process that result in change orders and significant readjustments to the project.
The Owner’s Vision
Whether it’s a huge construction project with a workforce of hundreds of people or a small residential job with just a few professionals, midway through a project, the owner may decide that the overall scope of the project needs significant adjustments. In many cases, this happens because the owner was unable to visualize the finalized project in the design phase. In some cases, the owner may see even more potential in the project once it is being built and wants to upgrade the concept. In other cases, the owner may not be happy with the way the project is going and desires a dramatic shift in the building concept.
In any of these situations, the contractor needs to go through the change order process and have their original contract amended to include these significant adjustments. Once both contracting parties agree to the exact modifications that the project needs, along with a new total budget, itemized list of changes, and extension of time, the contractor can then make these adjustments accordingly.
The Contractor’s Request
If the contractor was not part of the preconstruction phase, they may see a potential flaw in the design or they may recommend alternatives to the original design. Depending on the scale of these changes, it may be in the owner’s best interest to nip the problem in the bud and entrust in the contractor’s knowledge and expertise to fix the issue. This is also typically done through a change order request to ensure both parties are on the same page with the changes that will be needed, the total cost of these changes, and the materials, equipment, and labor needed for these changes as well.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.