In construction management, change orders are specific details of new work added to the original scope of the project.
- 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.
- Project managers typically write up a change order that includes the details and the cost of the new work to be done.
- Project managers submit it to the owner and architect/engineer for approval.
- The owner and/or architect/engineer approves the change order and adds it to the project contract.
- Occasionally an RFI will be converted to a change order if it results in change of scope or cost.