Construction projects can span months, even years, with the functional longevity of several decades. With such long-term operations, various complex and improbable issues are likely to arise. Construction projects’ long-lasting nature makes it almost impossible to resolve and iron out every issue, reservation, or liability. Therefore, it is expected that certain situations may evolve into building disputes between the contracted parties.
While there is no way to address all possible construction and building disputes at the onset, you can drastically reduce the likelihood of their occurrence by taking several preventative measures:
If a disagreement occurs, the contracted parties should first attempt to resolve the dispute among themselves. It is the easiest, quickest, and most cost-effective way to perform dispute resolution for buildings. When one-on-one dispute resolution is not feasible or has not worked, the contracted parties should engage in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) procedures as an alternative of going to court.
ADR offers the least complex, adversarial, and expensive way to resolve the matter compared to court proceedings. It allows contracted parties to iron out issues in the least amount of time while maintaining a good working relationship. Mediation, adjudication, arbitration, or any combination is used to carry out ADR procedures. If legal action is unavoidable, contracted parties can agree upon the full-court proceedings through a settlement.
A contract administrator is an expert in the field responsible for creating and managing legal contracts for a business. This critical role ensures that all parties fulfill their obligations as outlined in the formal agreement.
During a dispute, responsibilities of the contract administrator include:
If you face an unresolved building dispute and want to resolve it with expert help, contact Zero/Six (Z6) Consulting. With over 50 years of collective experience consulting in the construction industry, Z6 Consulting is a leader in delivering innovative solutions for building disputes, including commercial and residential projects.
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