8 Tips for Preparing for Delays, Acceleration Costs and Claims
While much of the construction industry has continued working throughout the pandemic, all stakeholders in a typical construction project have been impacted by the crisis. In fact, the effects have already been wide-ranging: cash crunches affecting owners, contractors and trades; keeping up with new CDC or OSHA guidelines for best safety practices; and the expectation of labor shortages, supply chain disruptions and increasingly difficult insurance market.
With economic uncertainty continuing due to the pandemic, many construction projects likely will be facing delays and interruptions, requiring de-mobilization and re-mobilization procedures, acceleration measures and adjustments to sequence of work to keep up with project deadlines. Undoubtedly, these problems will lead to claims for extensions of time, for increases in the contract price and to a possible rise in disputes.
Here are some best practices to prevent disputes when possible and, in case they cannot be avoided, how to prepare:
Above all, the parties to the project need to remember (tough as it may be) that all of the parties are trying navigate through a situation that would have been unimaginable even weeks ago.
Please contact a member of Gould & Ratner’s Construction Practice to discuss how to successfully handle delays, acceleration and potential claims on your projects.