Appendix I
Checklist – Architect’s Role in Soils and Materials Testing

Soils and materials testing agencies are generally arranged by the architect on behalf of the client. Their fees are paid by the client, either directly or indirectly, through allowances included in the contract price. For convenience, these are referred to as “agencies” in this document.

Manufacturers’ representatives commonly inspect the installation of their products to ensure compliance with their standards and that there is no additional cost to the client for these services. The architect is normally responsible for the coordination of these agencies. The basic services and principles for coordination should be affirmed/clarified by the architect as early as possible.

Comments, clarifications, or recommendations are in italics.

Use of a forward slash (/) signifies and or or.


Defining Expectations


Following Interviews

Appointment of Agencies

Pre-design – Geotechnical Inspection and Testing (Soils)

Define Scope of Work

Define Information Required


Commonly Specified Inspection and Testing Services During Construction

Charges for these services are usually paid from specified inspection and testing allowance or included in contract price of relevant subtrade. Payment for retesting/re-inspection of work found defective following initial inspection, or as otherwise made evident, is the responsibility of the contractor.

Additional Geotechnical Inspection and Testing Services


Asphalt Paving

Special Foundations



Structural Steel

Steel Decking

Metal Fabrications

Membrane Waterproofing

Sprayed Plaster Fireproofing



Finish Hardware


Painting and Finishing

Special Finishes