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By Bruce Jervis
We have previously discussed the importance of the substantial completion milestone. It is probably the most significant milestone in a construction project, arguably more important than final completion and acceptance. A recent Nebraska case reiterated the importance of this milestone.
The construction contract called for the project owner’s consulting engineer to certify substantial completion. But, the contractor never requested certification, and the engineer never issued it. The date of substantial completion became crucial because it determined whether the owner could assert a timely claim against the contractor for allegedly noncompliant work. ... Read more.
Featured in this Week’s Construction Claims Advisor:
- Substantial Completion Not Altered by Punch List or Warranty Work
- Contractor Decertified without Due Process