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Change Order Blocked

Posted By Mr. Ethics, Monday, June 16, 2014
Updated: Monday, June 9, 2014

Dear Mr. Ethics,


The lead project designer wants us to turn over all documents related to a change order request we have submitted.  The designer even wants our original bid sheets and profit calculations and bids from our subs.  The architect thinks the change order work was accounted for in our bid and we have enough profit margin in the project to cover it.  The architect is refusing to review our change order until we turn over those documents.  What should we do?


Change Order Blocked


Dear Blocked,


It is time for you to go directly to the owner and advise them of your situation.  The architect’s position is not justified.  Your bid documents, unless subject to a state disclosure law, are privileged.  What your profit margin is privileged.  The architect is acting unreasonable and unethical.  You should also review your agreement because the architect may also be in breach of its obligations. Only a court or arbitrator should be able to order you to turn over documents such as the ones you describe.


Mr. Ethics

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