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Samuel Delgado

With augmented complexity one can expect that changes will continue to be a reality of the industry. From my experience most parties to the construction process readily recognize that change is an integral component, but then it becomes the matter of who pays for what and how this may be justified. Clearly, there must be an equitable process in place that will insure the project so that it is not unduly impacted, and I believe that best practices in putting together quality construction documents is critical to that end. Therefore, I believe that expectations should be high, but that those expectations should not reside solely with the owner; each stakeholder should have the quality of construction documents as a high priority on his or her list.

Ron Geren

Samuel: I agree. Complex building of decades past were built on much less documentation than we build today's simple structures. Added detail to construction documents increases chances for errors, but the multitude of materials and systems of current and future buildings requires sufficient detail to describe the integration to the contractor. A/Es and contractors need to instill a culture in their respective companies of "doing it right the first time" to avoid potential disputes. Hopefully the move to integrated project delivery will help that along by equalizing the risk among all parties to minimize finger pointing when a problem arises.

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