• Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Extra Work and the Changes Clause
  • October 19, 2011 | Author: Bernard S. Kamine
  • Law Firm: Kamine Phelps, P.C. - Los Angeles Office
  • No architect or engineer ever produced a perfect set of plans and specifications. It is not humanly possible to do so. Too many elements of the work must be coordinated in too many ways. Besides, the plans and specifications cannot prescribe every detail of the work. Every construction project is different. Each is built by a combination of contractors who marshal their forces together, at a unique location, for just that one job. Work is often impacted by the unforeseeable: inclement weather, subsurface conditions, new building codes, unavailability of materials, and activities adjacent to, or sometimes through, the project site. No set of plans and specifications can anticipate such conditions or events, nor other factors that make the owner alter the project midstream. This is why contracts allow owners to make changes in the work.