Thursday, August 26, 2010

New General Conditions Adopted in Washington State

The Washington State Department of General Administration (GA) and the University of Washington (UW) have adopted the first major revisions to General Conditions for Washington State Facility Construction in more than a half dozen years.  The revisions are dated July 1, 2010.

Years in the Making:  The revisions are the result of a multi-year initiative and collaboration between GA and the UW that I participated in before I retired from my position as the Contracts Manager at the UW in February 2010.

Consistency Between Agencies:  The revised General Conditions ensure that both GA and the UW are using the same document.  Other agencies in Washington State also use the General Conditions, while some have modified them.  With the publication of the revised General Conditions, hopefully other agencies who have modeled their General Conditions off of the General Conditions for Washington State Facility Construction will adopt the same changes.

Track Changes Version:  If you would like to view a track changes version of the changes between the July 2004 version and the newly adopted version, please contact me and I will e-mail it to you.

View the Revised General Conditions:  To view the revised General Conditions, visit either of the following two websites (same document on both sites):
Know Your General Conditions:  Regardless of what General Conditions your agency uses, make sure that appropriate staff in your agency know what is in them and how to use them in managing the project.  Systematic training on the provisions included in General Conditions is a necessary and good exercise that helps public agencies in protecting the interests of the taxpayers.

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