From the ARE 5.0 Handbook, pg 141 CE Sample Item 3, I don't agree with the NCARB rationale that answer C, Construction Change Directive is the correct choice here. Seems obvious to me that it's B, Change Order.
Looking for a more thorough or reasoned response as to why I'm wrong/why the NCARB answer is the "most correct" choice.
Construction Change Directive isn't primarily about the desire of the owner, it's about time and agreement between the parties. The owner can be "adamant" about a change, and still have that completed through the normal Change Order process.
From the AIA commentary, a Construction Change Directive is used when, "a change order can not be obtained due to limited time or disagreement between the parties with regard to associated changes in the contract sum or contract time."
In this question there is no reference to time being of the essence or the contractor not agreeing that this change can happen. I think this is a better example of finding information to filter out . "Adamant" isn't a clue, it's extraneous information. If you wanted to test a candidate's understanding of the difference between the two change methods, it would be more accurate to include some comment about a disagreement.
The owner being adamant about something is subjective, and as written there's nothing about this question that demands the architect not consult the contractor. The answer should be B.
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