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Alden,
 
If the contractor has a contract with the owner to construct what is shown on the drawings, he is responsible to comply with the drawings -- they are legal documents.  If the drawings are clear, complete and enforceable [no vague or conflicting notes],  the contractor is under obligation to the owner to do what is shown on the drawings, including making corrections to achieve compliance, without additional cost to the owner.
 
If the drawings are not clear, or complete, or if they have unenforceable language, things can get messy.  In that case, your best course of action will be to do your part in keeping the relationships from deteriorating and becoming confrontational as you participate in doing what needs to be done to resolve the issues.  Take careful note of what should have been done by your office to avoid the problems, and apply to future projects what you have learned on this one.  Making your drawings clear, complete and enforceable, is a never ending challenge for structural engineers.
 
Nels Roselund
Structural Engineer
South San Gabriel, CA
njineer(--nospam--at)att.net