Why is the contractor issuing a change order in the Project management practice exam?
On question 22 of the publicly available practice exam for Project Management, the question asks what a contractor presents at closeout for the architect to review for a requested modification from the owner. The available answers are a punch list or a construction change order. I found this question very confusing because typically contractors do not write change orders and usually prepare a punch list at the end. However here, the construction change order is presented at close out and the punch list is not. Could anyone help me understand this question and why that is? I think the most confusing this is why is the change order being presented at the end near closeout?
The question asked about the record documents to support the change order. A, E , F are not part of the record dwgs. Addenda is provided by Arch prior to commence the construction during the bidding process. Punch list and application of payments are not part of the change order and won't help in verifying the changes.
A change order is required for any change in a project's scope, schedule, and/or cost, and the proposed changes presumably affect all three. And as previously mentioned, the question is only related to record documents. B, C, and D are all record documents.
Edited to add: As an aside...for both the PjM & CE exam, you will need to know the differences between a Change Order (CO, G701), Construction Change Directive (CCD, G714), and an Architect's Supplemental Instruction (ASI, G710). Understand how and why each document is used for changes in the work during construction, and be generally familiar with the documents themselves.
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