The B101 2017 states "188.8.131.52 The Architect shall review and approve, or take other appropriate action upon, the Contractor's submittals such as Shop Drawings, Product Data and Samples, but only for the limited purpose of checking for conformance with information given and the design concept expressed in the Contract Documents."
What benefit does the language "review and approve" provide that warrants inclusion of "approval" being in the contract documents, as contrasted with "review" alone?
The firms I have worked at very strictly deny the responsibility of "approval" of shop drawings, favoring "reviewed and found in conformance with the contract documents."
I was very surprised to see that the actual B101 agreement expects the architect to approve shop drawings.
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