For starters, this is a very dangerous situation. By messing with the structural system of a development to cut down on costs can lead to potential hazardous situations for inhabitants. I believe the contractor and owner should accept responsibility, and the architect should speak up about what’s going on. My priority will be speaking to the owner to explain how this can be a dangerous situation and can cost them so much money in the future if something were to happen.
Steps the architect should follow:
Architect must notify owner in writing if errors are found
4.2.5 Based on the Architect’s evaluations of the Contractor’s Applications for Payment, the Architect will review and certify the amounts due the Contractor and will issue Certificates for Payment in such amounts.
4.2.8 The Architect will prepare Change Orders and Construction Change Directives, and may authorize minor changes in the Work as provided in Section 7.4. The Architect will investigate and make determinations and recommendations regarding concealed and unknown conditions as provided in Section 3.7.4
A201 article 8.3, An extension of time can be granted if the C is delayed by….
9.8.5 The Certificate of Substantial Completion shall be submitted to the Owner and Contractor for their written acceptance of responsibilities assigned to them in such Certificate. Upon such acceptance and consent of surety, if any, the Owner shall make payment of retainage applying to such Work or designated portion thereof. Such payment shall be adjusted for Work that is incomplete or not in accordance with the requirements of the Contract Documents. For going against the local building code and specifications, which could have ended poorly.