VOLUME 3   ISSUE 21   MAY 23, 2014


By Bruce Jervis


Unimpeded physical access to a job site is essential for a contractor’s efficient performance of the work. Yet, the property that affords site access is almost always controlled by others – the project owner, public authorities or other third parties. This is one of the biggest cost risks of performing construction work, but it is difficult to control.


Construction contracts usually address the matter of site access. But, as with other physical site conditions, owners have a tendency to make representations and then take them back. The owner disclaims responsibility for the accuracy of the representations. They are provided to the contractor for information only. The contractor is responsible for independently determining and assessing the adequacy of site access. ... Read more.


Featured in this Week’s Construction Claims Advisor:

  • Creative Procurement Violated Bidding Statutes
  • ‘Unrestricted’ Site Access Not Necessarily a Warranty
  • Lump Sum Bid Did Not Violate Subcontracting Limitations Clause


By Steve Rizer


The new “MAP-21 (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century) Reauthorization” bill (S. 2322), which would reauthorize the nation’s transportation programs for six years at current funding plus inflation, has cleared its first hurdle. In a unanimous vote, the 18-member Senate Environment and Public Works Committee last week approved the measure, but it is only one of several votes at the committee and chamber levels necessary for eventual passage. Existing MAP-21 authorization expires Sept. 30. ... Read more.


By Steve Rizer


There are several new and significant revisions to MasterFormat, which is used to organize construction documents for commercial, industrial, and institutional building projects in the United States and Canada, according to the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), the organization that authored the indexing system. Click here to see what some of these changes are.





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