Case Study: Non-Essential Construction Halt

Case Study: Governor Cuomo Halts All non-Essential Construction in NY
Group 4: Marleni Gomez, Xhulja Ponari, Cinthia Gallardo, Diego Madera

As an architect or project manager this will mainly affect the project schedule. Project dates will be setback without a known updated date. In contract A201 8.3, it states that the contract time can be extended by the architect through a Change Order. Unfortunately, in a situation like this the architect will not have a specific date of when work can resume and will have to assume a future date. Due to project schedule changes, payments will also be delayed. Any amount of time that passes during a project can affect the the budget that was agreed on. Materials and other necessities for a project can increase or decrease during an unpredictable time like this. As a firm owner, we would be concerned about lack of income to the firm. We would still need income to pay for things like insurances and a lawyer on retainer.

Case Study 1: Marleni Gomez

As a licensed Architect you take an oath to abide by at all times. There is a lot of responsibility an Architect has, and for all the work they do, they will be held accountable.

A common issue with the owner having independent contract with the Architect and another with the contractor is disagreement and lack of communication. Because the owner has a contract with the Architect and another with the contractor, the only contract broken was between the owner and the Architect. Once the owner went around the Architect to make changes to the design of the cement, (s)he broke the contract. The contractor did not break any agreement between them and the Architect. Because of this, the Architect should immediately contact their lawyer and explain then matter. Owners are not Architect, so nor should they make decisions like them. All the owner saw was more work done and less money spent, and this is a common desire among all of us Architect or not. However, financial shortcuts in this industry usually means shortcuts in job quality and breaking  the laws.

Regardless of why or how this happened, the Architect should report this matter to the D.O.B, their lawyers and not sign the requisition before them for the job done.

My Dream Job: Marleni Gomez

At almost every point in my life I have had many dreams and desires. That is how ended up in City Tech taking Architectural Technology. It seemed like the best way to start the path to a future I wanted.

I dream to have my own business/firm sooner rather than later in life; to have a company that has the whole package, all in one. I want to work with all those involved in a project, not just the design. I am fascinated by the people, the construction, the legal elements, the management, the entire process. To draw in to a specific job is difficult because I would be happy to to work almost anywhere. There is so much to learn outside of the classroom scenario, that almost any job title would help me further my ultimate dream.

Originally I wanted to be an Architect for the sake of it, but after every semester in this program, I have learned so much more is possible in this career path. My ultimate dream career has been molded and become more clear and yet still so much unknown. I can say for a fact that I do not enjoy the design aspect nearly as much as I enjoy the technical.