An odd situation
An odd situation
About a year and a half ago I was asked to put a proposal together for a new client (an architect) on two projects. The proposals were accepted and design work began on project #1. The proposals included engineering and the necessary construction administration. The contract was to be billed at an hourly rate not to exceed a certain figure (at the client’s request).
About two weeks into the project #1 my contract for project #2 was terminated because the owner wanted to use another design firm. A few weeks later we finished the design work and submitted the drawings to the client together with an invoice in accordance with the proposal (which was about 80% of the proposal) of which we were paid.
Six months later I received a frantic call from the architect asking me to review the shop drawings and if I could have them returned within 24 hours. I reviewed the shop drawings late into the night and had them back to the client within the requested time period.
Ten month later I received a call from the architect asking if I could print another 5 sets of drawings and have them sealed and sent to the client because the jurisdiction lost them. I asked the architect where construction stood and I was informed that construction was 75% complete. When I asked about site visits required by the code to “sign off” on the project the architect said he would get back to me. I printed and sent the drawings as requested.
Now a month later the architect said that I can go onsite and view a structure that is 90% complete.
What do others do in this instance? I informed the client that I would not be able to sign the final construction affidavit as the affidavit requires me to say that I have made periodic visits which I have not. This is now causing the client some concern.
To make matters more complicated, the owner has a construction division and is doing their own GC work.