Sky-High: The Role of the Independent Certifier in High-Rise Buildings – A Case Study

Nicholas Ferrara
Director
Rider Levett Bucknall, Sydney

The Independent Certifier performs an integral function in the procurement of high-rise buildings, when multiple parties have an interest in the development. Objective, clear-headed thinking is required to understand and assess varied obligations in competing legal agreements on the road to delivering a functioning and occupied facility. The role of the Independent Certifier (IC) often supplements the role of the Superintendent / Contract Administrator / Project Manager, who is often limited to the administration of a specific (construction) contract. The IC often acts within the framework of a multi-party project (Owner / Investor, Developer, Lessee(s), Contractor) addressing specific tasks that may or may not be undertaken by others (especially under a Construction Agreement). A multiparty project usually involves several agreements, in which some of the parties involved in the project do not have a role in one of the associated agreements (e.g. a Development Agreement between an Owner / Investor and a Developer, or a Construction Agreement between a Developer and a Contractor). A specific determination under one agreement may or may not be applicable / allowable under another agreement.

Accompanying PowerPoint Presentation

View All Presentations in This Session