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    Pierre Antounian (Edited )

    I think the answer is No? kickoff is done at the beginning of DD, and if the owner has signed off on SD’s the project must continue as agreed to in the contract. Owner determines what the schedule is not the Architect.  This is my best guess.  Architect can ask for more time and if owner agrees then sure they can modify the schedule but the Owner must agree to this and they will need to modify the contract.  This would of course look bad.  The answer is probably yes now that i think about it but there are steps that must be followed.  He can’t change the schedule without first talking to the Owner.

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    Pierre Antounian

    I did look into this some more. It appears according to the AHPP that you can have a kickoff meeting as early as you want, once a C401 is signed. So it can be as early as Concept, Schematic or DD. And that each phase can have a new kickoff meeting for that phase.
    At an office I used to work at we would only have a kickoff meeting at the beginning of the DD phase after the owner had signed off on the SD package and we received entitlements from the city.
    The handbook just happens to have a different perspective which I will agree to be a better approach since it allows visibility of all members of the Architects assembled team from the very beginning of the design, not just the DD.

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    Pierre Antounian

    All that said I’m still not certain what the answer to your original question is.
    If the question is implying if the Architect alone can change the schedule than the answer is No.
    if however the Architect consults with the owner and they both mutually agree and further modify the contract to reflect the added time than the answer is Yes.
    Please clarify your original question. Was this a practice question you found on a third party source?
    Thank you, this question truly challenged me.
    I hope others can help as well.

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    Pierre Antounian

    As your question is currently stated the answer is No.
    I am more convinced of that now. I hope That helps.

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    Tony Young

    Pierre,

    So to expand on my question, I was presented with bar charts schedules and giving information about the start and stop. I was confused because I was told that the architect didn't have enough staff to start the project for the WM first month.. but I didn't think this would delay the overall schedule so I didn't account for this delay. My question is should I have counted that delay

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    Pierre Antounian (Edited )

    Hi Tony,
    If there is float than no need to expand the schedule. If the time required to retain staff falls within the Critical Path then you would have to ask the owner for added time.
    This sounds like a CP BC question more than a contractual question like I originally thought.
    My answer above still holds true but may be irrelevant in this specific question.

    i’m also assuming we are referring to the design phase not construction.  But the concepts of critical path and bar charts hold true just used for design schedules vs construction schedules.

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