The Construction Contract and the Construction Documents

  • Sidney M. Levy


In order to have a more complete understanding of the contractor’s responsibility in any given project, a superintendent ought to be familiar with the type of construction contract that has been executed. Some of the terms and conditions in the contract may have a direct bearing on the administration of the work at the job site. A contract may contain some conditions that are at variance with those in the plans and specifications and, based upon legal precedents, the terms and conditions of the contract will take priority over those in the specifications or on the construction drawings. For example, if the contract indicates that construction time is 365 working days but the specifications indicate 365 calender days that’s quite a difference since “working days” relates to a 251-day completion schedule not one of a year’s duration.


Construction Manager Home Office General Contractor Construction Document Construction Contract 
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© Van Nostrand Reinhold 1992

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