Is a site walk required before issuing a certificate for payment?

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    Gang Chen

    It is required. If you read G702 carefully, the paragraph right above the architect’s signature states “…based on on-site observations…”

    It also makes sense in real practice. In an on-site observation, the architect can clearly see the progress of the project, and the materials stored on site.

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

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    Mark Baker

    Gang,

    I disagree.

    I see the line you are referring to on G702 "based on sit observations".... however, it goes also according to the contract documents. 

    According to AIA contract documents, an architect is only required to visit the site on 2 occasions, and / or "at intervals appropriate to the project."  

    In my experience, and I believe it is written in some places, that an architect does not have to visit the site to certify that the project progress is appropriate to the payment request.  An architect can use the contractor's schedule of values to determine the appropriate progress payment that is due. 

    Site observation is obviously recommended best practice, and in my opinion, needed to certify the project progress, but I am relatively certain that it is NOT required to process payment requests.

    I would venture that the answer to this question would depend on the other provided contract documents for the question.

    I am open to being proved otherwise.

    Mark, Archizam 

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    Gang Chen (Edited )

    The ARE exams are based on AIA contract documents. G702, the paragraph right above the architect’s signature clearly states “…based on on-site observations…”

    So, the field observations are required.

    Of course, you can modify the AIA contract documents in real practice, but it is not for ARE exams.

    Your following statement is NOT convincing unless you can provide evidence to prove it. Your statement of “I believe” is simply not enough:

    “In my experience, and I believe it is written in some places, that an architect does not have to visit the site to certify that the project progress is appropriate to the payment request.”  

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

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