FAR clause 52.236-3, Site Investigations and Conditions Affecting the Work, is almost always included in a federal government construction solicitation. You will be required to make a site visit to ascertain exactly what the existing conditions are. Such a requirement does not automatically nullify the effect of a differing site conditions clause if one is present and does not necessarily obligate you to discover hidden conditions at your peril. The federal courts have held that the adequacy of the site investigation is measured by what a reasonable, intelligent contractor, experienced in the particular field of work involved, could be expected to discover—not what a highly trained expert ...

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