Saul Ewing Top Ten Construction Clauses: Substantial Completion

Garry R. Boehlert and George E. Rahn, Jr. and Donald A. Rea
Published August 26, 2015

Substantial completion is described in AIA Document A201™-2007 as “the stage in the progress of the Work when the Work or designated portion thereof is substantially complete in accordance with the Contract Documents so that the Owner can occupy or utilize the Work, in its entirety for its intended purpose.”  The provision often includes a laundry list of tasks that, if incomplete, prevent the work from being declared substantially complete.  Substantial completion is the triggering date for payment of retainage or, on the flip side, assessment of liquidated damages.

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