PJM Mock Exam question



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    Rebekka O'Melia (Edited )

    Hi Yu,

    In this scenario the punch list hasn't been completed yet and it says it's BEFORE substantial completion.  The punch list needs to be resolved before substantial completion; the building needs to be able to be used by the owner for its intended purposed.  And the gym floor is going to need to be added to the list.  Because the flooring is backordered, different flooring will need to be chosen, so the owner needs to be involved.  It’ll be a change order.  I don’t like the wording of the choices either.  

    Hope this helps!

    Rebekka O'Melia, R.A., NCARB, B. Arch, M. Ed, NOMA, Step UP ARE 5.0 Courses



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    Christopher Hopstock

    Hi Yu - 

    The punch list is submitted before substantial completion - it's a list of items that aren't yet complete, but will be completed between substantial and final completion (see AHPP, 15th edition, p. 730 and AIA A201, 9.8.2).  The punch list should only include items that are relatively small in nature, and don't affect the habitability of the space - touch-up painting is the classic example.

    F is incorrect because there would be no change order to purchase new flooring - change orders are only used when the contractor deserves more time or money to complete the project.  The flooring was damaged because of an error on the part of the subcontractor, so why should the owner pay additional money to buy new flooring, or agree to a schedule extension?  The contractor is responsible for the cost and for scheduling delays in situations like this, where the delay/damage is a result of the contractor's (or subcontractor's) actions.

    A is incorrect because during construction, the architect is not responsible for the project schedule, and shouldn't be preparing schedules at all.  That's the contractor's job during construction.

    All that said, I think this question is a little confusing and E is an odd choice - the contractor hasn't requested final payment yet (the project isn't even substantially complete) so why would the architect need to submit a notice to the contractor that they're withholding a payment that hasn't even been requested?  I would still choose E because it's the 2nd best choice here, but I'm not sure I agree that it's correct in this scenario.

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