Then the owner, a local jurisdiction, decided that the wood framed building was too expensive and decided on purchasing a metal building of the same size. So now the client has come back to have the foundation design. Thing is, he doesn’t want to pay me for the time it takes to complete this revision to the design (the revision will take about as much time as the original scope of work).
To make matters slightly more complicated, the owner paid my client 50% of the original invoice stating they will pay the other ½ when the building arrives. So now I’m sitting here with 50% of my invoice paid (in a check I haven’t cashed) being asked to redesign the foundation with the potential of not being compensated for my time associated with the revision.
I am thinking about sending the check back to the client and telling him that I am not interested in continuing on with the project and to find another engineer. However, I will be out the time I spent working on the project to begin with. I’m also considering depositing the check and telling the client the same thing, only this time I will be out ½ of my time.
What would others do in this instance?
Unfortunately we literally fighting city hall. I have no interest in doing work for an owner who doesn't compensate their sub contractors for the time it takes to do the work, and when they do compensate they only want to pay a portion of the original contract.