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Three Conversations You Should Follow on the CSI Community Page

By Peter Kray posted 01-09-2020 15:50


The CSI-Connect Community page is a great resource for both experienced and fledgling construction industry professionals, providing a forum where you can ask your colleagues a question in real time, or join an existing conversation.

Here are three thought-provoking threads to follow right now.

The Architect will Respond to RFIs When?

Rick Green RA, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, CDT, LEED AP, NCARB, Wilson & Company, posted: “Since well before Al Gore invented the Internet, AIA A201 General Conditions of the Contract has required Architects to respond to requests for contract interpretations with reasonable promptness and/or within agreed upon time limits. Now that we have email and PDFs, what time limit is reasonable?

And, when considering a response time similar to, ‘within 7 days after receipt’ what provisions, if any, do Architects need to include to extend the time so as not be in default when an unforeseen condition occurs? One variation we've seen is, ‘within an average of 7 days after receipt.’ Is that reasonable? What other time-extension provisions have you seen that can provide a little more flexibility to the response time limit?”

Read how other CSI members responded to this question.


Specification/Contract Document Question

Eva Allen CSI, Project/Contract Administrator, KONTEXT architects, llc posted: “In a recent project, bid as Single Prime, a question arose regarding items provided by Owner and Installed by Contractor. In this instance we specified in DIV 01 Summary - certain Work that was to be provided by Owner and Installed by Contractor. In my studies, I understand it to be the best practice that repetition causes error. However, the Contractor missed this and is pushing back providing the installation.

Question for the forum: In your experience, would it have been better had we put this language in the applicable specification sections as well as DIV 01?” 

Read the many thoughtful replies, and add your voice to this conversation.

How to Steer Teens Toward Careers in the Trades

In an ongoing conversation about the many ways the construction industry can work to make more young people aware of opportunities in the trades, Joel Niemi, CSI wrote, “It's difficult for a 16-18-year-old, who may be several years away from effective mental maturity, to make sound decisions that may influence their life for 40 to 50 years. On the other hand, not seeing the choices may doom them to missing out on something they'd be good at. Most high schools in my area have one or more "career nights" - presence of the trades at such events, especially if the representatives are younger folks (so the students can make a closer mental connection), is a first step.

Read more of the responses to this ‘evergreen’ question.