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ASSIGNMENT 04

B08 Construction Management


Directions: Be sure to save an electronic copy of your answer before submitting it to Ashworth
College for grading. Unless otherwise stated, answer in complete sentences, and be sure to use
correct English, spelling, and grammar. Sources must be cited in APA format. Your response
should be four (4) doublespaced pages; refer to the Format Requirements page for specific
format requirements.

To increase your knowledge of the field, come up with an original example of a project and write
a four-page essay on project closeout. Most of what you need is in Chapter 7: Project
Construction, Monitoring, and Closeout.

Your essay should fully describe project closeout and address each of the 10 project closeout
steps shown on pages 180-181 in the textbook. At a minimum, be sure your essay answers the
following questions:

1. Describe one (1) reason that it is important on public projects for the contract to achieve
that crucial and final step of construction contract closeout.

2. Describe one (1) way that the execution of the Certificate of Completion or Substantial
Completion affects what retainage may be held.

3. Describe two (2) hot spots of dispute that can arise between the contractor and owner
after the owner begins beneficial use of the project due to the parties not understanding
their responsibilities.

4. Describe one (1) way that the owners ability to collect liquidated damages is affected by
issuance of a Certificate of Substantial Completion.

5. Identify one (1) certificate that should be executed by the contractor and surety prior to
the owner releasing final retainage funds.

Grading Rubric

Please refer to the rubric on the next page for the grading criteria for this assignment.
CATEGORY Exemplary Satisfactory Unsatisfactory Unacceptable
Construction Contract 20 points 15 points 10 points 5 points
Closeout (20 Points) Student provides a clear, logical Student provides a mostly clear, Student provides a weak or Student provides a poor reason
reason that it is important on logical reason that it is unclear reason that it is that it is important on public
public projects for the contract important on public projects for important on public projects for projects for the contract to
to achieve that crucial and final the contract to achieve that the contract to achieve that achieve that crucial and final
step of construction contract crucial and final step of crucial and final step of step of construction contract
closeout. construction contract closeout. construction contract closeout. closeout, or fails to provide a
reason.
Execution of Certificate 15 points 12 points 8 points 5 points
(15 Points) Student provides a clear, logical Student provides a mostly clear, Student provides a weak or Student provides a poor
description of a way that the logical description of a way that unclear description of a way description of a way that the
execution of the Certificate of the execution of the Certificate that the execution of the execution of the Certificate of
Completion or Substantial of Completion or Substantial Certificate of Completion or Completion or Substantial
Completion affects what Completion affects what Substantial Completion affects Completion affects what
retainage may be held. retainage may be held. what retainage may be held. retainage may be held, or fails
to provide a description.
Hot Spots of Dispute 15 points 12 points 8 points 5 points
(15 Points) Student provides a clear, logical Student provides a mostly clear, Student provides a mostly clear, Student provides a description
description of 2 hot spots of logical description of 2 hot logical description of 1-2 hot of 0-1 hot spots of dispute that
dispute that can arise between spots of dispute that can arise spots of dispute that can arise can arise between the
the contractor and owner. between the contractor and between the contractor and contractor and owner.
owner. owner.
Issuance of Certificate 15 points 12 points 8 points 5 points
(15 Points) Student provides a clear, logical Student provides a mostly clear, Student provides a weak or Student provides a poor
description of a way that the logical description of a way that unclear description of a way description of a way that the
owners ability to collect the owners ability to collect that the owners ability to owners ability to collect
liquidated damages is affected liquidated damages is affected collect liquidated damages is liquidated damages is affected
by issuance of a Certificate of by issuance of a Certificate of affected by issuance of a by issuance of a Certificate of
Substantial Completion. Substantial Completion. Certificate of Substantial Substantial Completion, or fails
Completion. to provide a description.
Releasing retainage 10 points 8 points 5 points 2 points
funds (10 points) Student provides a clear, logical Student provides a mostly clear, Student provides a weak or Student provides a poor
identification of a certificate logical identification of a unclear identification of a identification of a certificate
that should be executed by the certificate that should be certificate that should be that should be executed by the
contractor. executed by the contractor. executed by the contractor. contractor, or fails to provide
an identification.
Mechanics -Grammar, 10 points 8 points 5 points 2 points
Punctuation, Spelling Student makes no errors in Student makes 1-2 errors in Student makes 3-4 errors in Student makes more than 4
(10 Points) grammar or spelling that grammar or spelling that grammar or spelling that errors in grammar or spelling
distract the reader from the distract the reader from the distract the reader from the that distract the reader from
content. content. content. the content.
Format - APA Format, 15 points 12 points 8 points 5 points
Citations, Organization, The paper is written in proper The paper is written in proper The paper is written in proper The paper is not written in
Transitions (15 Points) format. All sources used for format with only 1-2 errors. All format with only 3-5 errors. proper format. Many sources
quotes and facts are credible sources used for quotes and Most sources used for quotes used for quotes and facts are
and cited correctly. Excellent facts are credible and most are and facts are credible and cited less than credible (suspect)
organization, including a variety cited correctly. Adequate correctly. Essay is poorly and/or are not cited correctly.
of thoughtful transitions. organization includes a variety organized, but may include a Essay is disorganized and does
of appropriate transitions. few effective transitions. not include effective
transitions.