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Re: Dallas to Calatrava: Redesign within the Budget

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An important factor which the owners are not aware of is: how well
detailed the drawigns are, and whether the details are practical and
constructible. If the details are fuzzy, contractors tend to bid higher
to cover possible extra labor costs. 

Did the project of this nature go thru a peer review by a team
comprising of engineers AND contractors before finalizing it. Did the
drawings call for, for example, full pen welds where fillet welds could
have been more than adequate, or closely spaced closed ties with seismic
hooks where such ties were not required, etc...

My 2 cents.

Suresh Acharya, S.E.

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