Modified Total Cost Method

When a contractor bids a job, it does so based on a planned sequence of work and productivity of job labor. There are many issues that can arise while building a project that affect labor productivity, and many of those issues are not the contractor’s responsibility. The terms of the contract will often dictate whether a loss of productivity is compensable.

A contractor that suffers a loss of productivity may be entitled to additional compensation. Many methods have been used to calculate loss-of-productivity damages.

In JH Kelly, LLC v. AECOM Technical Services, Inc., a federal court recently considered several different methods for calculating a loss of productivity on a project.Continue Reading Three Ways to Potentially Calculate Lost Productivity Damages

If a contractor is unable to perform its work as efficiently as expected due to the actions of other project participants, the contractor may incur loss of productivity damages. There are many ways to price those types of damages. Some methods are better than others, but the least accepted method is the total cost method.

Under the total cost method, the contractor shows the amount it cost to complete its work and subtracts the contract amount. For example, if the contract amount was $10 million, but it cost the contractor $15 million to complete its work, the contractor might claim that it is owed $5 million.

Courts frequently reject the use of the total cost method because it does not take into account damages that are the result of the contractor’s unrealistic bid or the contractor’s own improper performance of its work.Continue Reading Subcontractor’s Modified Total Cost Claim Allowed to Proceed to Trial