Multiple Prime Consultant-to-subcontractor communications
According to Ballast, communication between the mechanical engineer and the mechanical contractor must be facilitated by both the architect and the owner. Why? I have read the portion of AHPP on MP contracts (ch.10) but am still not clear why the consultant could not just work through the architect?... In a traditional single prime contract situation where the owner contracts with a GC who subcontracts with the mechanical contractor, the architect does not have a contract with the contractor but as far as I understand communications can still go through the architect only. So why would it have to be through the architect and the owner in the MP situation where the owner has a separate contract with the mechanical contractor, and not just the GC?
In this case, the mechanical engineer is directly contracted by the owner, NOT the architect. That is why the owner needs to be involved. The architect also needs to be involved because the architect need to coordinate various consultants too.
Gang Chen, Author, AIA, LEED AP BD+C (GreenExamEducation.com)
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