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Florida's New Construction Claims Statute 558
1. Technical Requirements of the Claim
Buildings represent a major investment for any organization. Today's buildings are complex and require proper maintenance to operate efficiently and to provide a long and useful life. Unfortunately, most buildings only receive attention from their Owners when something fails. Until then, maintenance simply means keeping the grass cut and the windows washed. Engineered Building Maintenance (EBM) programs provide building Owners with a comprehensive approach that minimizes hassles, surprises, outages, and unnecessary emergency repairs. The following are provides an outline of how EBM works.
Reliable Project Budgets (as published in Florida Real Estate
Journal, Dec. 2000)
After ten years of planning, the City Commission of a major Florida city last year approved a total capital budget of $6 million to build what was actually a $14 million city maintenance facility. This year, a different Florida city approved a $500,000 budget to build a $1 million industrial facility. Although avoidable, these major "budget busts" have become so common that the public has become distrustful, cynical, and hesitant to believe preliminary project budgets, which in turn makes it difficult to pass bond referendums at the polls for new public works projects.
So how do these "disasters" happen? And why do they happen so often? Usually the budgeting errors are not caused by cost overruns but by "under budgeting". Before we review the "Ten Commandments" for avoiding this type of under budgeting, let's review what happened in the examples cited above.
Owner's Duties in Construction (as
published in Southeast Real Estate Business, Dec. 2000)
Four years ago, a contract was signed for a 26-story condominium to be constructed in South Florida. At the signing, the head of the ownership group stated that the next time he wanted to meet with the constructor was to receive the keys to the building. In the end, this statement cost the owner more than six months and almost two million dollars.
So, how did this happen? And what are the owner's duties in construction? After reviewing this case study and detailed descriptions of an owner's responsibilities, it should be clear how the owner's performance has as much impact on project outcome as the performance of the architect and the constructor.
Contracting: Why & How
PE 0030393 • CG CA17835 • CM C036764 • PX 1913 • BN4290 • BU1333
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