Construction industry building materials can be innovative, exciting, and sustainable; clients are wowed when presented building material options. Those same materials can also be so high-priced and unattainable they jeopardize project deliverables, like completing the job within budget and on time.
Architects believe many construction industry contractors don’t make decisions that are in the best interests of clients. Many contractors believe architects don’t have a clear understanding of material decisions made after the bid and supply chain challenges. A report sharing these findings was based on architects and contractors surveyed in 2021.
AGC, AIA Collaborate to Assess…Collaboration
When a contractor tries to win a project by pulling a low-cost bid together, it can promise to bring the budget down. When a contractor and architect collaborate earlier on, those compromises are easier, and it’s not a race to offer the cheapest bid. –Construction Dive
American Institute of Architects teamed with Associated General Contractors of America to discover what makes an architect-contractor relationship work or fail. The Architect’s Journey to Specification explores ways to improve the processes and offers suggestions to mitigate misunderstandings.
- Almost half the architects surveyed believe they have majority ownership of decision-making. But a large majority of contractors believe decision-making is shared.
- Architects and contractors believe more collaboration is needed, even though they frequently disagree during collaborative efforts.
- Contractors need architects to be more responsive to RFIs (requests for information).
- Material substitutions are a leading cause of conflict.
- Some architects say contractors’ material substitutions are more self-serving than client-based. Contractors say keeping client projects on schedule and within budget is very client-based and those factors drive material choices.
The report suggests the solution is to collaborate early in the project. This will put material options on the table sooner and deter later conflicts.
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