A Primer on Building Plans and Specifications
Our Orlando construction lawyers know that the best way to have a successful construction operation is through a strong set of plans, specifications, and documentation. Before a project even begins, parties need to be sure the appropriate designs, materials, and techniques are employed to achieve desired results. This will help to mitigate the risk of change orders, incorrect pricing, time delays, and most importantly, disputes between owners and contractors. This process begins with the careful drafting of building plans and specifications.
The building plans and specs contain drawings written plans which will serve to convey the requirements of a project between a contractor and owner. As a part of the contract, they are in essence, a part of the foundation of the construction project and are binding. According to the American Institute of Architects (AIA), contract documents should reflect the contract agreement, conditions, drawings, specifications, and so on. With these, parties should have a clear understanding of the products, materials, and installation requirements of the work to be performed. Important things to remember about specifications:
- They are binding
- They should be specific and be free of irrelevant details
- Avoid using boilerplate specifications
- They can be prepared by a specialist or project team member
The Importance of Specifications
Specifications are vital because they cut out all of the guesswork of how a project will completed. Further, if an issue
were to arise, the specification can serve as a basis for determining what went wrong and who’s at fault. Some aspects of the project will require greater detail for installation. This can include roofing, HVAC systems, foundations, and building materials that call for a specific size, quantity, and type in order to complement other materials.
Consequences of Poor Plans and Specifications
Remember, specifications should be clear, concise, and logical. Specificity is key and nothing should be left out that could come back to haunt you. It’s also important not to reuse old specifications as they may contain non-applicable details that do not apply to the current project. Failing to complete clear and precise specifications can lead to many problems including cost overruns, expensive change orders, and costly disputes.
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Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.