Unanticipated or unexpected circumstance or situation that affects the final price and/or completion time of a contract or project
Unforeseen or concealed physical jobsite conditions can increase the budget of a tenant improvement/construction project. They sometimes create confusion and increased time and money that cannot be accurately measured by the Contractor or Consultant during the bidding phase of the project – even if a site visit is performed.
Over the years we’ve found that if unforeseen conditions exist they’re usually found in the following areas:
- Dry Rot and Decay
- Existing Conditions
- Hazardous Materials
Obviously, with few exceptions there is no way for the Contractor or Consultant to know what lies within building cavities when they develop the original scope of work and cost projection. Only when these areas come to light will the contractor know the prudent way of addressing this condition and a change order for additional time and/or money would be appropriate.
No one knows if the original construction was built according to plans, specs and building codes. Even if it was, the building codes of 10 years ago might not apply today. Consequently, if there is a deviation from the current code, the condition would need to be remedied as an unforeseen condition.
Some older construction projects may be infested with materials such as asbestos, lead paint or molds/fungus. This is something that should be remediated in the most prudent manner possible.
The above list gives you an idea of some unexpected costs that may come up. While many hours are spent in the preconstruction phase to develop accurate bids, it is impossible to determine all variable amounts that man impact the bottom line. “Unforeseen Conditions” are a necessary evil that must exist in order to properly fund your project.
About DPT Construction
DPT Construction has extensive experience building and remodeling various types of construction projects. We design, manage and administer the construction process from inception to completion while working closely with building owners, property managers and tenants. Contact us at www.dptconstructionca.com