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.
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.