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Current Design-Build Practices for Transportation Projects

11. Change Orders

Many agencies maintain generally the same process for change orders for design-build contracts as for non-design-build contracts. There is, of course, one significant difference, namely that design personnel will probably be involved in implementing the change and will need to be appropriately compensated. A number of agencies have established pre-set markups for force account work. Other agencies rely on a negotiation process to determine appropriate compensation for changed work.

LADOTD (May 2009)

Change Orders for adjustments to the project schedule for additional time and/or compensation which result from differing site conditions, suspension of work by LADOTD, changes to the basic project configuration, utility relocations or environmental mitigation are made at LADOTD's discretion or through the claims process.

LADOTD may issue change orders for extra work or materials that the Department determines to be necessary for the project but which were not originally contemplated in contract. Unit pricing or agreed pricing may be used if supported by a price analysis included in the change order. Where there are no unit prices available and agreed prices cannot be readily established or substantiated, LADOTD uses pre-set mark ups for force account work to establish pricing for extra work.

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Updated: 02/25/2015
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