Robert J. Knorr


In modem construction, theoretically the duties, liabilities and warranties of those involved in a construction project ordinarily are broken down thus: The owner agrees to furnish the funds; the architect-engineer contracts to furnish experience, know-how, design, engineering plans, specifications, and supervision to assure the owner that he will receive what he requires and pays for; while the contractor agrees to furnish skilled labor,and proper material for the job. However, in actual practice, especially where the owner engages one firm to furnish the architectural drawings, specifications and supervision; another to do the necessary engineering design of the structural elements of the building; and still another to construct it, the theory breaks down.