Construction contract durations
Thornton, Michael D.
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This report examines the factors which affect construction contract durations from an owner's viewpoint. Current methods used by public owners and their agents to develop contract durations are also examined. The major hypothesis is that there exists an optimum contract duration for which the owner receives an optimum price. If the facility is desired in less than the optimum duration, the owner pays a premium for acceleration. If the owner allows the contractor more than the optimum duration, he pays additional costs for the facility in terms of lost revenue, denial of use of the facility, and possibly additional costs to the contractor. The report offers conclusions so that owners can understand the tradeoffs between time and price. Keywords: Management engineering. (sdw)
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