February 8, 2023

Why should designers stay involved in construction contracts?

It is important that designers, engineers, and architects stay involved throughout the duration of your project to ensure efficient progress.

The NEC4 ECC contract allows the contractor to take responsibility for a large amount of the design, it is important to understand how this could impact your project.

How does it work?

In many contracts, the role of the engineer acts as the client’s designer. However, the NEC4 ECC contracts replace this with the role of the project manager and supervisor who take on this responsibility.

If you are thinking about using this type of contract, you should maintain the involvement of the designer as supervisor which will help to provide support for the project manager.

Are there any risks involved?

You must ensure that your contract includes requirements for supervision and recourse in case contractors do not complete the job properly. The NEC4 ECCA contract is one way to ensure collaboration between parties.

As the project manager will be heavily involved in the design elements of the project, there is a risk that they may not be knowledgeable enough in this area to accept the contractor’s design and make necessary changes.

Through placing the original designer as supervisor, this will help to ensure continuous and efficient progress to your project.

If you need advice with construction contracts for your project or the NEC4 ECC contract, contact us today.