As was noted in Part 1 of this three-part article, everything that is accomplished goes through a four-step process: vision, planning, implementation, and evaluation. This article will address the implementation and evaluation phases of the product selection procedure. In this final installment, you will learn what you should and should not do on a site visit, and how to evaluate the end product in the closeout procedure prior to authorizing substantial completion documentation to your client.
There should be a procedure outlined in the contract documents for the contractor to submit contract document changeorders. The original engineer of record who affixed her seal on the contract documents must agree to modifications/substitutions proposed by the contractor or owner. On the other hand, the engineer of record does not have independent authority to modify these contract documents (via submittal approval, punch list, or otherwise) without the owner’s concurrence.