Coordination Issue and Responsible Party

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    Michael Ermann

    Architect is responsible for coordinating the MEP (not the other way around) …but to your bigger point, as far as the architect is concerned, it is the MEP’s fault….as far as the owner is concerned, it is the architect’s responsibility. The mechanical engineers’s insurance will pay the architect’s insurance, who in turn will pay the owner. How can there be two responsible parties? If you are on the Tarmac for 29 hours on a United Airlines flight because the ground crew they contracted is understaffed, you are mad at United…the people you paid to fly you to a wedding. United is mad at their contractor, but you don’t want to be made whole by the ground crew company at some later date…you want United to make it right now…same principle.

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    Yuan Ma

    Hi Michael,

    Thank you for the reply. I thought the MEP consultant should be responsible for coordinating his/her portion of the work with the Architects' because the C401 mirrors B101. Therefore since the architect is required to coordinate his/her work, the MEP consultant should do the same. This is my understanding. Please correct me if this is not the case. Thank you!

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    Violetta Madi (Edited )

    Hi, on this topic, i came across the following relevant sample question, can someone review please?

    - if the mechanical (or structural or electrical..etc. consultant under architect) made a mistake, who’s responsible? No other info given. The options were:

    1- the architect

    2- both the architect and the mechanical consultant 

    3- the mechanical consultant 

    which one is correct? 

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    Huseyin Yilmaz

    Mr. Ermann explained already,please read again. I also want to explain another way to make it a little more simple to understand , If anyone went to army will know it rightaway, lets say you are first Lutenant and you made a mistake, your Colonel will find your Major and ask questions not you, but your Major will find you )). same here, Your consultant as an Architect have no contractual relationship with owner if Project  under DBB.

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