In the questing below I believed that the answer should be “A mediator” because the electrical drawings were not code compliant and the Electrical Engineer is under the Architect. Therefor, I believed this to be a conflict of interest. Please explain to me why I am wrong. Thank you!
The main shut-off switch was not shown on the electrical drawings. The contractor submits a change order for the cost of the code-required switch. The owner disputes the charges and says the contractor should pay for the switch.
Who shall be the first to attempt to resolve the conflict?
Correct. The architect is named the Initial Decision Maker by default in the AIA series of contracts. This means the architect is the first to resolve any disputes between the owner and the contractor.
Incorrect. It is the architect. Arbitration may be done after mediation if the mediation did not resolve the issues.
Incorrect. It is the architect.
Incorrect. It is the architect. Going before a mediator would be the next method of dispute resolution.