New Guy with an Architect/Structural Engineer Contract Question
I’m embarking on a new home build project in San Francisco and am about to sign a contract with my Structural Engineer/Architect team. The person I am signing with is technically a Structural Engineer, but he has a few architects that work on his projects with him.
I have never built a new home before, so I am curious if some of the excluded services he specifies are normally provided when hiring a structural engineer/architect. I do realize everything is negotiable, which is why I want to make sure to modify the contract agreement before signing it. I really do appreciate the help as I don’t want to sign something that is not in my favor and will ultimately cost me down the road in “extra” fees etc.
Re: Agreement for Design Service: New 3-story single family House at ___________
block _______ lot ______, San Francisco CA
Scope of Work:
The service will include the following:
1. Feasibility study and research all Code requirements for permit approval.
2. Architectural design per client requirements.
3. Structural design (including all structural engineering calculations)
4. Title 24 requirement.
5. Green building requirement. (fees charged by Licensed Rater paid by client)
6. All permit fee or tax charged by government to be paid by client.
Environmental evaluation, storm water management, Ordinance 281-08 Health Code, Urban Bird Refuge. Prop M finding.
Street tree application by client.
Client provide site survey (topo map) and soil report.
Client provide 311 notification, pre-application meeting.
Design team will assist client for the above excluded scopes and hire consultants as
Contract Price: $30,000.00 (Thirty Thousand Dollars)
$1,000 signing agreement
$2,000 upon finished code study and envelope scheme (number of story,
$3,000 upon complete schematic layout.
$3,000 upon client of approval of final scheme.
$5,000 upon completion of drawing for neighbor notification (site plan, floor
$4,000 upon site permit submittal
$3,500 upon Planning approval
$4,000 upon submittal of construction set (structural/Arch/Title 24)
$2,000 upon approval of building dept. plan check (arch /struct)
$2,500 upon permit approval
Any extra work of design changes due to client’s instruction after completion of work,
neighbor dispute, hearing, or permit appeal would be considered as additional service.
Additional service also includes additional design work due to unforeseen existing or
field conditions. These additional services will be put in writing and performed for an
additional fee. Such fee will be negotiated and documented at the time the additional
services are put in writing. Printing and postage expenses should be paid by client.
Public Hearing should be considered additional service.
Termination of agreement:
This Agreement is effective within 12 months from the date of signing agreement. This
Agreement may be terminated for cause or non-performance of contract by either party
by written notice to the other party. In the event this agreement is terminated, the Client
shall reimburse the Engineer an amount equal to the percentage of the work completed
in accordance with the fee schedule stated above.
Liabilities: The Engineer will not be responsible for any existing unforeseen conditions
on the site. The plans will reflect all local and other governing codes at the time of the