VOLUME Construction Advisor Today   ISSUE 7   JUNE 11, 2009


Drawings and specifications purport to be logical and categorized. Generally they are. A particular drawing depicts a certain aspect of the work. A section of the specifications describes the requirements for a particular type of work. One might assume that these drawings and specifications offer “one-stop shopping” for determining the work requirements. That assumption can prove dangerous.

It is important for contractors to bear in mind that project owners and their designers have no legal obligation to organize or segregate drawings and specifications by trade. It is not their responsibility to provide contract documents which facilitate or accommodate subcontracting. It is the prime contractor’s responsibility to award subcontracts which accomplish completion of the full scope of work.


The U.S. House of Representatives passed the 21st Century Green, High-Performing Public Schools Facilities Act on May 14 by a largely partisan vote of 275 to 155. H.R. 2187 would invest billions of dollars in school repair and renovation projects to create safer, healthier, and more energy-efficient learning environments for students.

The legislation makes schools part of the effort to revive the U.S. economy and fight global warming by creating clean energy jobs that will help put workers in hard-hit industries back to work. The bill also makes investments to rebuild schools in areas recovering from natural disasters, including Gulf Coast area schools affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.





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