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Contractor Slipped Up By Planning For Improper Floor Finish And Then Claiming Extra Costs For Fi

Monday, August 04, 2008 03:24 pm

Contractor Slipped Up By Planning For Improper Floor Finish -- And Then Claiming Extra Costs For Fix

Bidding on a government design-build contract can be a risky proposition; there are so many unknowns before the award. But contractors run a real risk by failing to update plans and follow contract specifications -- and subsequent clarifications -- to the letter, once they've got the job.

The Corps of Engineers awarded Strand Hunt Construction, Inc. (SHC) a $14-million design and construction contract for a Joint Security Forces Complex in Alaska. The contract specifications required that the floor finish in four utility areas in the complex be "sealed concrete." The contract did not define that term.

SHC's proposal included a "typical"concrete sealer "called for and used in most projects."A dispute over the proper floor finish and the contract's clarity on that issue led to this appeal.

SHC first voiced its confusion regarding the utility area flooring a year after the contract award. The Corps referred SHC to a section in the specifications on "Concrete Slab Fini [...]

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