Contract administrator for construction contracts
 What is a contract administrator?
 Who is the contract administrator?
The contract administrator is generally appointed by the client (or employer) and may be the project architect. However, they could also be the lead consultant, the cost consultant, a specialist consultant, a client representative or employer's agent, the project manager or an engineer, depending on the nature of the project.
On a construction management contract, the role of contract administrator might be the construction manager, and on management contracts the management contractor will perform the role of contract administrator.
 What is the role of the contract administrator?
Contract administrators are appointed by the client, but when certifying or giving an assessment or decision, they should act honestly and reasonably and their decisions are open to challenge via dispute resolution procedures unless the contract makes their decisions final and conclusive.
- Inviting and processing tenders.
- Preparing contract documents for execution.
- Administrating change control procedures.
- Seeking instructions from the client in relation to the contract.
- Issuing instructions such as variations, or relating to prime cost sums or making good defects.
- Considering claims, such as claims for extension of time.
- Chairing construction progress meetings.
- Preparing and issuing construction progress reports.
- Co-ordinating and instructing site inspectors.
- Agreeing commissioning and testing procedures.
- Agreeing defects reporting procedures.
- Ensuring that project documentation is issued to the client.
- Issuing certificates interim certificates for payment.
- Issuing practical completion certificates.
- Collating and issuing schedules of defects.
- Issuing the certificate of making good defects.
- Issuing the final certificate.
Roles in construction projects: analysis and terminology, by Hughes, W. and Murdoch, J. R, published in 2001 by the University of Reading, suggests that superintending officer is a synonym for contract administrator usually used in government contracts, and that supervising officer is a synonym for contract administrator usually used in local authority contracts.
- Architects instruction.
- Employers agent.
- Causes of construction disputes.
- Certificate of making good defects.
- Construction contract certificates, notices and instructions.
- Contract claims.
- Change control procedures.
- Construction progress reports.
- Construction contract.
- Extension of time.
- Final certificate
- Interim payment.
- Liquidated damages.
- Loss and expense.
- Practical completion.
- Site administrator.