Change Orders for Contractors: Good or Bad?
A guide to help you document and perform your work, so that you're protected on every jobsite.
(First Published in The Walls & Ceilings Magazine, September issue, 2019)
Construction projects have been described as organized chaos. Architects and engineers, who admittedly do not know everything about the complex systems they are designing, work with both traditional and new materials to develop a design that mostly meets the requirements of the owner. Invariably, during the course of a construction project, discrepancies are discovered, preferences change, or conditions are found that are not accounted for in the initial design. Any of these may lead to change. If this change leads to a change in the scope of work for the general contractor or subcontractor, or it has a significant impact on the timeframe of construction, change orders will be required.
Don Allen, P.E., Director of Engineering at Super Stud Building Products, will be part of a cold-formed steel framing panel discussion sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Steel Framing Alliance (MASFA) entitled Demystifying EQ Studs. Steve Beach, Sales Representative for Super Stud and MASFA Board of Directors Member, will also be representing the multi-regional cold-formed metal framing manufacturer.
So – you are a construction professional, and every day you either go to a project site or are in contact with your team onsite. As you review your personal commitment to environmental stewardship, you realize that your impact on the planet is not just what you do at home and in in your car that matters, but what happens on the jobsite matters as well.
Earlier today, the Gypsum Association issued recommendations on the application of abuse-resistant and impact-resistant gypsum panels on nonstructural steel studs. The recommendations are based partially on a series of field tests sponsored by the gypsum and steel framing industries, and partially on market-based input from Gypsum Association members.
by Don Allen, PE, LEED AP, and Robert Wills, PE
Cold-Formed Steel (Cfs) Has Been Available In Construction For More Than A Century, But Some Specifiers, Architects, Engineers, And Other Building Professionals Do Not Yet Understand The Full Range Of The Material'S Benefits And Applications. Lightweight, Strong, Noncombustible, And Easy To Install, It Is Versatile Enough To Address Many Common Obstacles (Such As Code, Time, And Cost Restrictions) Faced By Specifiers And Other Building Professionals.
When using CFS in a construction project, the material will have the same properties throughout the entire application. Steel is an isotropic material, therefore offering widespread consistency across construction products. Unlike alternative, bio-based materials like wood, cold-formed steel will not crack, warp, or change dimensions with moisture content, and does not have knots or other inconsistencies. This regularity allows manufacturers to create products fitting very tight tolerances, as they do not have to worry about products bowing or varying from other pieces.