Aia certificate of substantial completion

Aia certificate of substantial completion

A305-2020, contractor’s qualification statement

1. As the project approaches completion, the Contractor shall review the Contract Documents’ specifications, inspect the work, and notify all parties involved of any work that needs to be corrected or completed, deeming the project substantially complete. The date the Owner may occupy and use the job, or a designated part of it, for its intended use, should be defined as “substantial completion.”
2. The Architect will visit the site to check after receiving a written statement from the Contractor indicating that the work is substantially complete and containing a list of items to be corrected or completed. If the Architect agrees that the work is substantially completed in accordance with the Contract Documents, he will conduct a pre-final inspection in the presence of a Contractor representative and issue a “Certificate of Substantial Completion.”
3. The Architect can double-check the punch list and attach it to the Certificate of Substantial Completion. This document will specify (a) the date of Substantial Completion; (b) the Owner’s and Contractor’s obligations for security, maintenance, temporary utilities, damage to the existing structure, and insurance; and (c) the timeframe in which the Contractor must complete all items on the punch list. The Owner and Contractor must sign the Certificate of Substantial Completion to acknowledge their written acceptance of the duties assigned to them in the Certificate. The Owner shall make payment of retainage applicable to such Work or designated part thereof upon such acceptance and consent of surety, if any. Work that is incomplete or not in accordance with the Contract Documents’ specifications will be deducted from the payment. Until the punch list work is completed, a sum equal to one and a half times the value as estimated by the contractor and architect will be withheld. Unless otherwise specified in the Certificate of Substantial Completion, the warranties required by the Contract Documents will begin on the date of Substantial Completion of the Work or a designated part thereof. (For more information on retained percentage and substantive completion, see section D-5: “Retained Percentage.”)

Aia contract document basics: understanding what’s

You can create a final version after you’ve edited and reviewed your document. The final documents are saved as a read-only PDF with the Variance Checker used to highlight deviations from the standard AIA template. You can also change your settings to include a placeholder for a digital signature on your final document.
An initialing block is placed in the bottom left corner of each page of the final document when producing a final document for certain A, B, C, and E agreements to provide a place to initial each page of the agreement.
The Signing Authority dialog will prompt you for the name of the certification signatory when you’re finished with an agreement. Confirm the default name or enter a new one. The person responsible for the content of the document edits shall sign the D401 Certification of Document Authenticity (typically, a project manager or principal). Unless the person who made the edits is also responsible for the document’s content, the person who made the edits should not be the signatory to the D401.

Essentials of owner-contractor agreements

The majority of concepts of substantive completion revolve around occupancy or use. The definition commonly used in the American Institute of Architects general conditions is when “construction is sufficiently complete so that the owner can occupy or utilize the work for the use for which it is intended” (AIA Document A201-1976). Unfortunately, applying that definition is not always simple.
Even if an owner is able to use a particular project for its intended purpose, it may be far from finished. When a building is fully enclosed and the life safety systems are operational, for example, it may be useful.
Is a house, on the other hand, significantly complete if the floor coverings are missing, the HVAC system isn’t completely automated, the painting isn’t finished, and some but not all of the plumbing services are operational?
Should the substantive completion date, on the other hand, be pushed back simply because all of the paint splatters haven’t been removed, the HVAC system isn’t balanced, and a few light fixtures need to be replaced? The problem may be exacerbated if the owner is forced to move in due to his personal circumstances.

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“Substantial completion” is one of the most important milestones in a construction project, affecting the owner’s and contractor’s rights and responsibilities. Release of contract funds, insurance liability, and the start of statutory claim limitation periods could all have an effect.
It’s simple to define substantial completion: It’s the point at which the project is ready to be occupied and put to its intended use. While this appears to be a simple concept, it is often difficult to apply to specific facts. Because projects and intended uses differ, the parties should agree on a date for substantive completion.
Is significant completion easy to spot in your experience? Is it reasonable to consider a project to be substantially complete when ancillary work, such as parking lot and other site improvements, is still ongoing? Do the parties follow the contractual procedures for determining a significant completion date? I look forward to hearing from you.

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