If you’ve hired an architect to oversee construction, you may think that you can rest assured that the architect will keep a close eye on the contractor and protect you from any construction defects. This is true to a limited extent, but does not let you off the hook.
Often the architect will recommended contractors whom he knows and trusts and, assuming you have hired one of these, any differences of opinion over construction details will probably be worked out amicably between the architect and contractor.
If you hire a contractor unknown to the architect, how well the two parties will work together remains to be seen.
In either case, however, the architect is typically not legally responsible for construction defects or for preventing them. He or she is primarily an advisor to you the owner. If the architect reports to you that there are defects or deficiencies in the work, get his or her report in writing with as much documentation as you can. The responsibility is still on you to take action if there are serious problems with the work.
On the basis of the site visits, the Architect will keep the Owner reasonably informed about the progress and
quality of the portion of the Work completed, and report to the Owner (1) known deviations from the Contract Documents and from the most recent construction schedule submitted by the Contractor, and (2) defects and deficiencies observed in the Work. The Architect will not be responsible for the Contractor’s failure to perform the Work in accordance with the requirements of the Contract Documents. The Architect will not have control over or charge of and will not be responsible for acts or omissions of the Contractor, Subcontractors, or their agents or employees, or any other persons or entities performing portions of the Work. For best designing and planning of your project contact best Architects in your town
Selecting an Architect
The employment of an architect by a board of health care is one of the most important responsibilities the board exercises in the development of hospital planning. Steps to be followed in selecting an architect, according to the publication. Tamus (2007) are:
‘‘1. Facilities planning and Construction will develop a Request for Qualification
(RFQ) which will describe the project, requirements for a response to the RFQ and evaluation criteria. The RFQ will be advertised on the Electronic State Business Daily.
- Each team response to the RFQ will be required to present its qualifications and design approach for evaluation by the Selection Committee.
- The Selection Committee members’ rankings are submitted to the Managing
Director of Facilities planning and Construction for tabulation and determination of the Selection Committee’s recommended order of ranking.
- The Managing Director then submits the ranked order along with an evaluation of the top three to five respondents and a description of the project to the Chancellor for approval and to the Board of Regents giving a seven (7) day notice to the Board to give exception to the ranked order. ’’
According to A Project Planning Guide for Planning Healthcare Facility owner (2007), the four processes for selecting an architect are design competition, direct appointment, comparative selection, and competitive bidding. Design competitions are time consuming, expensive, and rarely used for selecting an architect for healthcare facilities. Direct appointment is the simplest of the process. It most often occurs when prior knowledge of the architect’s work is known to the board and /or superintendent through previous projects. Comparative selection involves choosing from a group of candidates who have submitted to the owner information and materials concerning their qualification.
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