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Constructive acceleration occurs when a delay takes place beyond a contractor's control, and yet the owner expects the job to be completed by the original contract completion date. A contractor's claim for constructive acceleration should meet the following criteria: The delay is a result of causes that would entitle the contractor to time extension under the contract The contractor requests time extension for the delay in a timely manner, in accordance with the contract The owner fails or refuses to grant a time extension to the contractor The owner requires the contractor to complete the work in accordance with the original schedule or indicates an intention to penalize the contractor for failing to complete the work in accordance with the original contract schedule The contractor then endeavors to accelerate by working additional hours, by committing additional resources, or by other means ...

Knowledge of the different construction claim types allows owners to recognize potential claims situations. This recognition can protect the owners from incurring losses and assist in recovering compensation. Many of the claim types discussed are interrelated, and frequently more than one of them may pertain to a particular situation. For the purpose of this article, we have divided claims into eight different types. Directed Changes - This type of claim involves a situation in which a contractor is required to perform work within the context of the contract, that is considered a change in the contractor's scope of work. This change might be an addition or deletion of work or the use of different methods, materials, or designs. By definition, the owner recognizes the existence of a directed change, but there may be disagreement regarding the amount of compensation due ...