general contract

general contract

1. Under the single contract system, the contract between the owner and the contractor for construction of the entire work, 1.
2. Under the separate contract system, that contract between the owner and a contractor for construction of architectural and structural work.
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The general contract is expected to be signed in September 2010.
On average, vessels such as submarines have a life expectancy of 33 years and the general contract will be renewed accordingly, Simtronics said, adding it will provide physical products, spare parts, as well as studies, technical assistance and training.
The court focused on the generality of the architect's contractual mandate in making the rather tenuous argument that the architect could not bind the owner where there was no contractual provision that specifically granted the architect the authority to waive a violation of the general contract on behalf of the owner.
Recently, a federal appeals court citing Delaware State law stated that the typical general contract creates a "buffer zone," between an owner and a subcontractor.
Both the general contract and the subcontract incorporated the American Institute of Architects' General Conditions (1976 ed.) which contained Article 1.1.2 which states, "nothing contained in the Contract Documents shall create any contractual relationship between the Owner of the Architect and any Subcontractor or Subsubcontractor."
The court recognized the fact that it was dealing with a general contract and a subcontract in the construction industry where "[t]he owner deals with and, if necessary, sues the general contractor, and the general contractor deals with and, if necessary, sues the subcontractors."
In reviewing the language of the subcontract, the court explained that "[o]f significance is the incorporation of the standard AIA General Conditions," particularly Article 1.1.2, "into both the general contract and the subcontract." That language, the court found, created a "strong indication of an intent" on both the part of the general contractor and the sub "to maintain the separate owner-general contractor and general contractor-subcontractor relationships."

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