I had a question come up while studying that stated a contractor can issue a change order for an extension of time to the contract. However it was my understanding from the A201 that only the architect can prepare the change order and the contractor just signs if agrees or doesn't.
From the A201:
3.2.4 " If the contractor believes that additional cost or time is involved because of clarifications or instructions the architect issues in response to the contractors notices or requests for information....... the contractor shall submit claims as provided in article 15.
7.2.1 " A change order is written instrument prepared by the architect and signed by the owner, contractor, and architect..."
I know some construction projects in the real world differentiate the roles and responsibility but per AIA, we can only assume that the contractor can only submit claims to changes in the work/ or contract.
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