Bid vs Cost Estimate When do Architects redesign for free??

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    Robert Ward

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    Architects cost estimate > Owners Budget = Redesign for Free

    Architects cost estimate > Lowest Bid = owner pays for add service

    is this correct?

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    Joshua Funderburk

    From my understanding, the architect's cost estimate is something that is used as a dialogue between the architect and owner throughout the design process to keep the project within the owner's budget. It is meant to help avoid elements of scope creep or other cost-raising issues. 

    When it comes to bidding, ideally you want the lowest bona fide bid to come in under the architect's cost estimate, meaning it meets the owner's budget. There would be no need for any re-design if the bid is under the cost estimate.

    You are correct with the estimate being over the budget, then the architect would preform re-design services for free. This would be the same if the lowest bid exceeded the owner's budget per B101 6.6 & 6.7.

    Hope this helps!

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    YU GUO

    Architects cost estimate > Owners Budget = Redesign for Free

    All bid>Owners Budget, owner may work with architect to revise scope of project = Redesign for Free

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