Every young student comes across those four words, either from being assigned John Steinbeck’s novel or – for the diehard English student – from reading Robert Burns’ poem “To a Mouse,” in which he reflects on the dire consequence of his having turned up a field mouse’s nest with his plough. “The best laid plans of mice and men,” often go awry.
Enter the construction contract (I know you were wondering where this was going). Everyone on the planet knows that construction projects are not static and that even modest projects undergo changes throughout the building phase. The consequences of changes can be dramatic, and most construction contracts lay out plans for the administration of changes and the negotiation and documentation of the terms of change orders with respect to the three important attributes of construction: time, money, and the details of work itself. A sufficiently robust change order clause represents the “best laid plans” for dealing with change orders. And as we have learned from Burns’ poor mouse, these plans often go awry. Read more.
Claimed to be the largest private development in the U.S. - $20 Billion - and creating 23,000 construction jobs, the Hudson Yards project in New York City is well under way. Check out this timelapse and other videos of the project. Read more.