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Federal Contracting Answer Book, 3rd Edition by Terrence M. O'Connor

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CHAPTER

21

CONTRACT INTERPRETATION

If a construction drawing includes a note “Est. 2000 ft.” next to a pile of dirt that has to be removed, does “Est.” mean established or estimated? What difference does it make? The difference becomes important when it turns out that the pile of dirt is 2200 feet tall. If the drawing tried to convey the idea that the height of the pile of dirt was established at 2000 feet, a contractor would be entitled to the costs incurred in removing an unexpected additional 200 feet of dirt. On the other hand, if the drawing tried to convey the idea that the height of the pile of dirt was simply estimated at 2000 feet, the ...

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