Who is responsible?
Variations, deviations and changes are important to review because regrettably, many entities take the position and try to use shop drawings to subvert the design. When a contractor reviews and approves a shop drawing they can submit something that has variance but must also submit specific written notice of any variation. It’s two-fold, both the written communication separate from the shop drawings and by a specific notation made on the shop drawing or sample. Watch this video for information on delegated design and delays, as well as mistakes in review.
James C. Brown, P.E.
ARCADIS U.S., Inc.
- Vice president for ARCADIS U.S., Inc., a global environmental engineering and consulting firm
- Licensed professional engineer in New York, New Jersey and Alabama with more than 40 years of experience in construction contract administration services encompassing design, review of contract documents and contractor submittals, value engineering, project planning and scheduling, and resident engineering
- Manages submittal reviews, change order preparation, and construction claims for more than $3.5 billion in construction in New York City, and is one of the firm’s construction claims evaluation experts
- Past chair of the Engineers Joint Contract Documents Committee (EJCDC) and currently chairs EJCDC’s Construction and Procurement Subcommittees
- M.S. degree in environmental engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology; B.S. degree in civil engineering, Clarkson University
Gerard P. Cavaluzzi
- Vice president and general counsel for Kennedy/Jenks Consultants, a national environmental engineering consultancy
- Responsible for providing legal services, contracts and risk management
- Expert in the areas of contracts, construction claim analysis and resolution, construction contract drafting, professional liability and risk management
- Extensive experience with professional liability, regulatory compliance issues, and related administrative and court proceedings
- Past chair of ACEC Legal Counsel Forum and member of the Engineers Joint Contract Documents Committee (EJCDC), among others
- J.D. degree, Fordham University School of Law; B.A. degree, Marist College
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