Construction Practice Group Leader Ken Roberts and Partner Heidi Hennig Rowe were quoted on what contractors can do now in preparation for winter to help reduce future risks and stay on schedule.
Heidi said, “The contractor should account for typical weather in the schedule. […] The contractor only gets relief [in the case of] abnormal conditions that could not have been anticipated.” She continues that it’s important for these details to be included in the original contract with the owner. “It helps to have sophisticated legal counsel to guide the process."
Ken adds that the more detailed the contract is, the less likely there is to be any ambiguity about who pays for what when bad weather hits. "Both parties should be clear who's bearing that risk.”
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