Construction la can be enormously complicated. While disputes sometimes arise regarding defects and construction delays, a lot of litigation arises from change orders. Given the sheer size and scope of a construction project, it’s nearly impossible to consider everything that may warrant changing of the project’s work, timelines, and outcomes. Let’s look at some design-related problems that may result in further action.
Poor design coordination
Poor design coordination occurs all the time in the construction industry. Here, budgets and timelines are developed based on plans that seem thorough and well developed, but the plans, in fact, lack cohesion. This is often because the various parties involved in the construction have failed to communicate, which means that the plan is based on a lot of assumptions. For example, a plan may have an HVAC system running where support beams have to run, which creates an issue once construction begins. This can be costly and time-consuming to correct.
The same can be said for incomplete designs. In many cases, contractors are left in a difficult position when the plan lacks sufficient description of all of the components that are necessary to complete the project. Sometimes this is caused by the architect’s failure to secure supplemental information that is critical to an accurate and thorough plan.
Nondisclosure of important information
You’d be surprised how often property owners fail to disclose information that is critically important to the completion of a construction project. A property owner might not disclose bedrock in areas that need excavating or they might neglect to indicate that there is limited room for the staging of construction equipment, both of which can cause delay and additional costs. These nondisclosures, therefore, can lead to change orders that end up being disputed.
Secure help with your change order issues
Regardless of which side of a construction dispute you fall on, a change order can be costly and result in something that is less than you expected. But you don’t have to sit back and let the other side run the show. Instead, you can take matters into your own hands by taking legal action when warranted. If you could benefit from assistance in determining just when such action is justified or in building your case to protect your interests, consider reaching out to an attorney who is experienced in construction law.