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The final phase of the traditional architectural process is the Construction Phase services.  This is the time when the planning, designing and drawing becomes a reality.  The vision of the Client evolves from two dimensional graphics to a three dimensional structure.

During this phase, the Architect provides administration of the contract between the Owner and the Contractor.  The Architect’s responsibility is to advise and consult with the Owner during the Construction Phase services.  The Architect does not have control over, charge of, or responsibility for the construction means, methods, techniques or any other facet related to the actual construction.

During this phase the Architect will visit the site at appropriate intervals to become familiar with the progress and to observe the quality of the work.  The Architect will provide reports to the progress of the work, and noting any deviations, defects, or deficiencies in the construction.  In some cases the Architect may reject the work if it is determined to not be in compliance with the construction documents.

During construction the Architect may also perform services that include: interpreting the intent of the drawings, reviewing and evaluating submittals, review request for changes in the work and reviewing the Contractor Certificates for payment.

At the project completion the Architect may conduct a final inspection to determine the date of substantial completion of the project and to prepare a list of items that need to be completed before the final completion.

In closing the project the Architect will assist the Owner in acquiring from the Contractor all close out documents that may be required.  These could include consent of surety, release of liens, warranty information, as built drawings, operation manuals, or other documents determined necessary.

The final act of the traditional architectural process occurs almost 12 months after the Owner has taken possession of the building.  This is to meet, upon request of the Owner, to review the facilities operation and performance and to evaluate if any items should be resolved by the Contractor as part of the one year warranty.




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