Who decides the substantial completion date?

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Who decides the substantial completion date?

Postby anonymous283 » Wed Jan 31, 2018 11:46 am

I've read that the architect determines the date of substantial and final completion, which he or she does in b101 with the owner at the beginning of the project. This date can change later based on the architect's developing designs and the contractor's schedule of the work right? I've also read the contractor decides when the building can be occupied by the owner and then issues the certificate for substantial completion to the architect (or does he or she just tell the architect the building is substantially complete - I think I've read it both ways) who submits the form to the owner right? So who really decides the substantial completion date?
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Re: Who decides the substantial completion date?

Postby Sparky83 » Wed Jan 31, 2018 2:28 pm

AIA B101
3.6.6.1 The Architect shall:
1. conduct inspections to determined the date or dates of Substantial Completion and the date of final completion.
2. issue Certificates of Substantial Completion
3. forward to the Owner, for the Owner's review and records, written warranties and related documents required by the Contract Documents and received from the Contractor, and,
4. issue a final Certificate of Payment based upon a final inspection indicating that, to the best of the Architect's knowledge, information, and belief, the Work complies with the requirements of the Contract Documents.
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Re: Who decides the substantial completion date?

Postby Coach » Wed Jan 31, 2018 3:03 pm

Try reading A201.
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Re: Who decides the substantial completion date?

Postby anonymous283 » Wed Jan 31, 2018 3:34 pm

Sparky83 wrote:AIA B101
3.6.6.1 The Architect shall:
1. conduct inspections to determined the date or dates of Substantial Completion and the date of final completion.
2. issue Certificates of Substantial Completion
3. forward to the Owner, for the Owner's review and records, written warranties and related documents required by the Contract Documents and received from the Contractor, and,
4. issue a final Certificate of Payment based upon a final inspection indicating that, to the best of the Architect's knowledge, information, and belief, the Work complies with the requirements of the Contract Documents.


Okay but why are my study materials always saying the contractor decides when the building is substantially completed and notifies the architect. And can't the contractor's schedule affect the date?
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Re: Who decides the substantial completion date?

Postby anonymous283 » Wed Jan 31, 2018 3:57 pm

Coach wrote:http://aiad8.prod.acquia-sites.com/sites/default/files/2017-02/a201-2007%20commentary.pdf


I've read it although I didn't know they were available with commentary which is great. But what I'm asking about is the nuances of how the substantial completion is determined not simply what the contracts say. But whatever I got it thanks.
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Re: Who decides the substantial completion date?

Postby Coach » Wed Jan 31, 2018 6:07 pm

anonymous283 wrote:But what I'm asking about is the nuances of how the substantial completion is determined not simply what the contracts say. But whatever I got it thanks.

All you need to know is in A201. If you start playing with nuances you'll just confuse yourself and do nothing to help you pass.
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