Don't Ask, Just Pay

we had a general contracting firm that did hard bid, fully bonded public work like that in the article for the same agencies and many more around the county. A job is bid from a set of 'plans and specs', these plans and specifications are not drawn or put together by the contractor. The contractor is told to bid only what is in the plans and specs, nothing more and nothing less. If the contractor should miss something or underestimate the cost of doing a task he must nonetheless complete the task and work per the plans and specs. The contractor wants to build the project, be done and get paid. However if there is a problem with the plans and specs, or if the contracting agency (the owner) wants something changed once the contract is signed then the extra work or if the change in scope requires extra material and labor then someone has to pay or the contractor does not have to do the work. period. so the contract states (which you would discover if you looked at one of those voluminous objects) that a change order must be signed and approved, usually prior to doing the extra work, although every contractor in the business has done change order work for which they were never compensated. so it is not the "company that has gone back for change orders" as much as it is the lack of planning or completeness of the plans and specs that has REQUIRED change orders by issued. These "problems" come to light when the contractor actually begins the work, which is when the rubber meets the road. surely
— August 21, 2008 9:46 a.m.

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