All elements of all submissions shall be checked by the A/E. Such checks
shall be performed by qualified professionals in their respective disciplines
distinct from those preparing the materials.
Prior to the final submission, the A/E shall perform a structured quality
control review of all drawings and specifications. The review shall check for
technical accuracy, coordination of work within each discipline, coordination
of work among disciplines, and coordination of the drawings and
specifications. When indicated in the Appendix "A", the A/E shall submit one
complete set of check prints with the final submission as evidence that this
review has been performed. The check prints shall be marked in red to
indicate errors, interferences, discrepancies and conflicts discovered as a
result of the review. The final submission drawings shall reflect the
corrections made as a result of the review. Attachment 6A to this chapter
contains a checklist which may be used as a guide to performing an
interdisciplinary coordination review of the drawings and specifications.
Errors and Negligent Performance
Errors, omissions or deficiencies in the A/E's performance shall be corrected
or revised by the A/E at no additional cost to the government. In the case of
errors in the bidding documents, such corrections may involve the need for the
A/E to send appropriate personnel to NORTHDIV. Additionally, design errors,
omissions or deficiencies resulting in damages or extra cost to the government
will be evaluated for potential A/E financial responsibility. If the
government determines that the A/E is financially responsible for a design
deficiency, the A/E will be so advised by official correspondence.
Reimbursement of costs incurred by the government as a result of the A/E's
negligent performance will be actively pursued by NORTHDIV. The preferred
method of settlement of A/E financial responsibility is for the A/E to
negotiate directly with the construction contractor. Where the A/E cannot
reach an agreement with the construction contractor or if the A/E declines to
negotiate or accept responsibility, NORTHDIV will arrange settlement directly
with the construction contractor and will bill the A/E. In accordance with
the Contract Clause, "Responsibility of the Architect-Engineer Contractor",
the government may seek legal remedy where the A/E continues to deny
responsibility for damages.
Poor A/E Performance
When poor A/E performance results in the need for a resubmission of design
documents, the A/E may be required to send representatives to NORTHDIV to
discuss the problems at no additional cost to the government.
Registration of Designers
In accordance with the Contract Clause, "Requirements for Registration of
Designers", the design shall be accomplished or reviewed and approved by
architects and engineers registered to practice in the particular professional
field involved in a State or possession of the United States, in Puerto Rico,
or in the District of Columbia.