We architects throw around the acronym C.A. pretty casually. We all know it means the work that we do during construction of the building we designed. But some of us think it means “Construction Administration.” I used to think that, until I started paying better attention to contracts.
AIA A201-2007 General Conditions of the Contract for Construction, refers to these services as “Administration of the Contract.” The services architects provide during construction constitute “Construction Contract Administration.” So, really, C.A. stands for “Contract Administration,” NOT “Construction Administration.” As Ron Geren pointed out in an excellent blog post a few months ago, http://specsandcodes.typepad.com/specsandcodes/2011/06/construction-administrationor-is-it.html the term “Construction Administration” really could be interpreted as meaning something more like “Construction Management” than “Administration of the Contract.”
Melissa Brumback’s post this morning prompted me to respond. Except for the use of the term “Construction Administration,” her article is good, and has good advice for architects. Check it out: http://constructionlawnc.com/2011/11/03/construction-administration/