When the cost is at issue it is clear how a Construction Change Directive to be handled – to keep the schedule on time the Contractor has to proceed with the works and somewhere in the future the cost issue with the Owner will be resolved either through a mutual agreement or a dispute.
When the time is at issue it is not that clear. Let’s say the Contractor says he needs 5 weeks to accomplish a certain task. The Owner and Architect say 3 weeks. The Contractor is ordered to proceed and 3 weeks later the task is not accomplished. The Contractor says – I told you. So, the whole idea of keeping the schedule on time is compromised.
What would be the right way to handle a such scenario?