Who bears the Cost of Uncovering the Work?
Below is a question that I thought it was the contractor that must pay for uncovering the work for inspection. But says the correct answer is the Owner?.
If it happens to be uncovered and the work is acceptable/complient is the cost of uncovering on the owner?
1. If Architect requested not to cover in Contract Documents, but Contractor covered, then it must be uncovered for Architect's examination, and Contractor pays the cost.
2. If Architect did not request to cover in Contract Documents, and Contractor covered. Architect later requested to uncover.
2.1 if no error, Owner pays the cost.
2.2 if Contactor's error, Contractor pays the cost.
2.3 if someone else's error, Owner pays the cost.
Thank you YU GUO!
For anyone else curious on this it's in the A101.
Article 12 of the AIA Document A101. It states the following:
"If a portion of the Work is covered contrary to the Architect’s request or to requirements specifically expressed in the Contract Documents, it must, if requested in writing by the Architect, be uncovered for the Architect’s examination and be replaced at the Contractor’s expense without change in the Contract Time."
"If a portion of the Work has been covered that the Architect has not specifically requested to examine prior to its being covered, the Architect may request to see such Work and it shall be uncovered by the Contractor. If such Work is in accordance with the Contract Documents, the Contractor shall be entitled to an equitable adjustment to the Contract Sum and Contract Time as may be appropriate. If such Work is not in accordance with the Contract Documents, the costs of uncovering the Work, and the cost of correction, shall be at the Contractor’s expense."
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