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Lessons Learned

STORIES FROM THE FIELD - LEARN FROM THE MISTAKES OF OTHERS

The MOP Lessons Learned section is a place where stories from individuals can be shared. The lessons do not represent OAA policy or guidance but rather are actual experiences from construction contract administration that taught a valuable lesson from which others may benefit. Experience gained from what went wrong on a project during construction, or even from what went right!
Submissions are encouraged from anyone involved with managing projects. The only criteria is that the lessons consist of knowledge gained from actual experience.

Construction Contract Administration

If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, swims like a duck, and sounds like a duck; don’t assume it’s a duck

A small bungalow built in the 1960’s on a bit of high ground in the middle of a golf course had for many years accommodated a live-in course superintendent

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Construction Contract Administration

Door Handles

Several years ago, we applied for a building permit in a large municipality near Toronto. The design was for a Part 9, Group D building, based on a prototype that had been built many times before in locations all across the country, including this municipality

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Construction Contract Administration

The Danger of Standard Details

Many architectural and interior design offices develop and use standard details for conditions that are likely to occur on multiple projects. Often this can save time and allow more effort to go into the uniques aspects of every project

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Construction Contract Administration

Of Lintels and Short Walls

The architect has had a long relationship with a commercial & industrial contractor including different types of construction contracts including design-bid-build, design-build and construction management

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Construction Contract Administration

Change in the Scope of Services

The owner already had a working relationship with the contractor and didn’t want the cost/delay of having the architect prepare and issue the usual change documents

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Construction Contract Administration

Separation of Design and Contract Administration

I am a firm believer in having a team follow a project from inception to completion. It has a number of benefits

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2017

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Arbitrary Power

ALLEN HUMPHRIES, CCAC MEMBER

While working on a long term care facility, I became involved in dispute with the senior building inspector over the height of an exit device on a door.
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