Scope Letters

March 20, 2003

When not clearly excluded, identified, or qualified in a scope letter, the following items are often a cause for dispute among Construction Managers, General Contractors, Owners, and P-H-C Contractors:

  • Temporary water

  • Concrete cutting and patching

  • Core drilling

  • Hoisting

  • Sales tax

  • Overtime and/or shiftwork

  • Dewatering

  • Cutting and patching of walls, floors, and ceilings

  • Misc. control and power wiring not shown on the electrical drawings

  • Excavation and backfill

  • Pavement removal, replacement, and repair

  • Painting of exposed piping and equipment

  • Roof cutting, patching, and repair

  • Concrete and/or steel equipment supports and foundations

  • Temporary heat

  • Toilet accessories

  • Permits

  • Flagmen and barricades near roadways

  • Glycol and refrigerant charging

  • Demolition

  • Dumpsters

  • Asbestos abatement

  • Testing and disposal of contaminated soil

  • Domestic water testing and chlorinating

  • Filling of fuel oil tanks

  • Medical gas certification

  • Removal and reinstallation of grid ceilings

  • Concrete housekeeping pads

  • Shut down and drain down of existing systems

  • Hot tapping of live piping systems

  • Firestopping and caulking

  • Roof curbs

  • Fire protection

  • Balancing

  • Access panels

  • Miscellaneous steel for mechanical openings

  • Roof drain sump pans

  • Underpinning of structures near excavations

  • Clean-up

  • Grouting

  • Site utilities

  • Addendums and alternates

The above list is incomplete, but it provides several of the common items which are disputed among general contractor, owner, construction manager, and P-H-C contractor.

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