When I write my books on ARE exams, I also read others’ books on the same subject besides my own research.
I noticed on page 49-6 of Ballast manual states:
“Although the bidding documents are bound in the project manual, they are not part of the contract documents.”
I believe the word “bidding documents” probably should be replaced with “bidding requirements” to avoid confusion. Why?
Per A701-2018, Instructions to Bidders, Section 1.1:
“Bidding documents include bidding requirements and the proposed contract documents.”
Per A701-2018, Instructions to Bidders, Section 1.3:
“Addenda are written or graphic instruments issued by the architect, which, by additions, deletions, clarifications, or corrections, modify or interpret the bidding documents.”
If we use Ballast statement above, then addenda will NOT be part of the contract documents, or bidding documents, and cannot be binding on the contract as part of on the owner and contract agreement. This is not right. So, I think Ballast wording of “bidding documents” is very confusing.
What do you guys think?
Gang Chen, Author, Architect, LEED AP BD+C (GreenExamEducation.com)
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