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What is a change order?

In construction management, change orders are specific details of new work added to the original scope of the project.

Construction Process

  1. The owner or general contractor decides to either add or remove work that was originally part of a contract; this can change the cost and the expected date of completion.
  2. Project managers typically write up a change order that includes the details and the cost of the new work to be done.
  3. Project managers submit it to the owner and architect/engineer for approval.
  4. The owner and/or architect/engineer approves the change order and adds it to the project contract.
  5. Occasionally an RFI will be converted to a change order if it results in change of scope or cost.
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