The construction process is unique in tbe business world. A typical construction project can involve the temporary amalgamation of as many as 50 different organizations, assembled as a task force for the purpose of designing and delivering a physical facility. Construction contracts are also unique in the business world. Altbough the typical ownercontractor contract is between only two parties, it lies at the heart of a complex network of interlocking relationships that eventually include all of the parties in tbe task force. Thus, every construction contract, even though it directly involves only two parties, will have some effect on the entire process and on the other parties to the process.
All relationships among the parties who are involved in fhe construction process are governed by written contracts. The construction industry, through generations of trial and error and experience, has developed certain fundamental rules, relationships, methods of dealing, and checks and balances between tbe parties to the construction process. The industry has also developed its own vocabulary to facilitate communication between tbe parties. The contracts that implement tbe construction process must be written in language familiar to the parties and sbould portray accurately the role that each party to the construction process will play to help accomplish the ultimate goal of delivering the project.