Punt Consulting Group was hired to write a series of highly unusual contracts for the City of Manhattan, Kansas, which was managing the nascent Museum prior to its opening. The City already had a working relationship with the architectural firm Verner Johnson, Inc., and had selected the design firm of Gerard Hilfterty & Associates to work as a sub-contractor to the architect. Punt Consulting Group negotiated both fees and terms for the architects and for the exhibit designers simultaneously. Since the Museum did not have any staff, the architects and designers had a more comprehensive series of deliverables than is often the case.
For the Construction Manager at Risk contract starting point we used an alternative to the usual American Association of Architects contract suite. AIA contracts are written from the architect’s, not the Owner’s point of view. ConcensusDocs guidelines were developed by a coalition of 40 construction industry organizations with the express purpose of allocating risk to all parties (not just to the Owner).
As always, Punt Consulting Group provides a comprehensive review of any proposed contract and absolutely never uses any contract word for word without adding significant specificity and safeguards, based on our decades of experience. Our expertise protects your interests.
Museum projects have complicated design and fabrication contracts. Everything is custom and many contracts are written even before a concept is developed. Barbara does a great job of anticipating surprises and negotiating contracts that protect the museum from the risks of construction.Sean Regan Managing Director, Regan Associates LLC