Hazardous material, change order, and owner/GC disagreements

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    Mehmet Sahin

    What are the questions and answers in both resources? Your question is not very clear.

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    Sally Nguyen

    Hi Christina,

    I'm not sure if you are still looking for answers to your question, sorry if I came across this too late! I believe the architect would act as IDM first before mediation is considered. The AHPP and the AIA contracts assert that any claims would be presented to the IDM, and whatever the IDM decides it will be up to the owner and contractor to decide if they want to settle with the IDM's decision or proceed to mediation. I think generally it is okay to assume that whenever there's a dispute between the owner and contractor the first resolution would be to go to the IDM.

    Hope this helps!

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    Gang Chen (Edited )

    Spoiler alert: If you have not done the mock exam in my book, Construction & Evaluation (CE) ARE 5.0 Mock Exam (Architect Registration Exam), please do NOT read the following answer and explanation. Otherwise, your score is not accurate, and you are cheating yourself in the exam prep process. Here it is:

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The dispute should proceed directly to mediation. Any disputes related to hazardous materials should proceed directly to mediation. They are NOT referred to the IDM or the architect.

    See comment of Article 10.3.2 of the FREE PDF file of commentary for AIA document A201, General Conditions of the Contract for Construction.

    Gang Chen, Author, Architect, LEED AP BD+C (GreenExamEducation.com)

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    Christina Fu

    Thanks Gang Chen, for the clarification.  This is what I thought too from reading the AIA contracts.  

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