Why is the contractor not responsible?

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    Haytham Abdelrahman Abdelall

    The question stated that the project is nearing completion since code inspector is inspecting the part of the project. The contractor has no obligation at this point to demolish the non compliance part.

    As per A 201, the contractor is not responsible to find mistakes in the contract documents. Code compliance like this case is a pure Arch responsibility. 

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    Rebekka O'Melia

    We have to design restrooms that comply with the requirements of the building code.  The time & consequential damages were waived by the B101 contract.  

    Typically SOMEONE usually catches a mistake like this before it's built.  The code reviewer for the city would have to approve the plans first also.  And then the contractor might catch a mistake too.

    Hope this helps!

    Rebekka O'Melia, Registered Architect, NCARB, B. Arch, M. Ed, Step UP,  Step UP ARE 5.0 Courses 

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    Gang Chen

    If the contractor notices a discrepancy or mistakes on the plans, s/he has the responsibilities to bring it to the architect’s attention. However, the contractor has no responsibilities to do QA/QC for the plans. So, this one is fairly and squarely on the architect.

    Gang Chen, Author, AIA, LEED AP BD+C (GreenExamEducation.com)

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