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This post continues our series on Project Scheduling.



Contractual scheduling provisions should specify the time in which the project as-planned schedule should be submitted. Here again, this is dependent on the size of the project, and the following discussion relates to a “typical” project.

The contractor would not normally be expected to have its as-planned or baseline project schedule available on day-one of the project. Normally, the contractor should expect to submit, within 10 to 15 days after contract award, a preliminary as-planned schedule that would cover the first 60 to 90 days of a project in detail and include a general outline or concept of the remaining work. Within the first 60 to 90 days, the contractor would develop its detailed as-planned schedule and submit this schedule to the owner within that time frame. The contract should specify the submittal date for both the preliminary and detailed as-planned schedules.


Holloway Consulting’s experience as a construction consultant to both owners and contractors is that the late submittal of the as-planned schedule can be detrimental to the project, and can expose the contractor to liability. Therefore, some experienced owners insist on a clause that states that the first progress payment will not be made until the initial as-planned schedule has been approved by the owner.

Many contracts require approval of the as-planned schedule by the owner and/or its architect and other representatives. This approval may lead to a dispute early in the life of the project, in that the owner may not wish to accept the scheduling method utilized, the completion date shown, or certain other information.

The contractor should recognize, however, that the approval clause can provide a benefit to the contractor. First, some have argued that the owner’s approval essentially “locks” the owner into the as-planned schedule. If owner-caused or excusable delays occurred during performance and adjustment of the schedule is requested, it will be more difficult for the owner to claim that the as-planned schedule is wrong and that no extension is merited. Secondly, it has also been argued that, by giving its approval, the owner has been placed on notice of its obligations with respect to the schedule, such as timely furnishing of information, timely approval of shop drawings, the need to provide access to the site, the date by which certain permits are required, etc.

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