PcM Practice Exam Question on Standard of Care

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    Jackson Wall

    E. Standard of Care expectations always have to be considered when negotiating fee regardless of the project type.  if the owner wants perfect drawings, full time site supervision, etc... those exceed an architect's typical standard of care and we should always be compensated extra for it.

    for D. Jurisdiction of construction, I agree this very well could be a factor.  the other cities could have slightly different rules that could cause some extra hoops for the architect to jump through.  however, to me the question reads as though its only asking about the first hotel in the context of fee negotiation. i could be wrong though

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    Ashton Schlundt (Edited )

    I do agree with your reasoning for answer (E) but I have to wonder why the assumption for an elevated Standard of Care should be considered when the question doesn't indicate the client asking for this. For answer (D), I would think that regardless of how many jurisdictions are being considered, the one jurisdiction that the one hotel is being designed for still could have hoops to jump through. We don't know anything about said jurisdiction though so we would have to make an assumption about this. In both cases we have to make an assumption but I suppose since we know more about the Standard of Care rather than this hypothetical jurisdiction the more correct answer would be (E). Like you said, the Standard of Care expectations should always be considered in negotiating fee. Thank you for your response. I really appreciate it! 

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    Jackson Wall

    Absolutely! 

    So about item E. the question doesn't say anything about an elevated standard of care, it's just saying that the architect should consider "standard of care expectations" when negotiating fee.  I do agree the wording isn't great because it makes you assume there would be some concern about the expectations but we don't know what those are.

    also i just remembered that a lot of permitting and UDO hoops in various jurisdictions are usually the owner's burden not the architects per the B101.  now we often deal with them a lot i think thats another factor that could help eliminate answer choice D

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    Ashton Schlundt

    That second part your wrote is a good point. While we tend to be involved and spend time assisting the client with these hoops, it's not necessarily always a factor. The Standard of Care expectations will always be a factor so it's the better answer even if Jurisdiction of construction could be argued. Understanding the client's responsibilities better would probably help me weed out possible answers to questions like this. You've helped me rationalize the correct answer better now. Thank you again :) 

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