01 NCAC 30H .0102          Initiating the Dispute Resolution Process

(a)  Any party to a public construction contract governed by G.S. 143, Article 8 and identified in G.S. 143-128 (f1) and who is a party to a dispute arising out of the construction process in which the amount in controversy is at least fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000) may submit a written request to the public owner for mediation of the dispute.

(b)  Prior to submission of a written request for mediation to the public owner, the party requesting mediation:

(1)           If a prime contractor, it must first submit its claim to the Project Designer for review.  If the dispute is not resolved through the Project Designer's instructions, then the dispute becomes ripe for mediation in the Formal Dispute Resolution Process, and the party may submit his written request for mediation to the public owner.

(2)           If the party requesting mediation is a subcontractor, it must first submit its claim to the prime contractor with whom it has a contract.  If the dispute is not resolved through the Prime Contractor's informal involvement, then the dispute becomes ripe for mediation in the Formal Dispute Resolution Process, and the party may submit its written request for mediation to the public owner.

(3)           If the party requesting mediation is the Project Designer, then it must first submit its claim to the public owner to resolve. If the dispute is not resolved with the public owner's informal involvement, then the Project Designers' dispute is ripe for mediation in the Formal Dispute Resolution Process, and the Project Designer may submit its written request to the public owner for mediation.   

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 143-135.26(10) and (11); S.L. 2001-496, Sec. 14(b);

Temporary Adoption Eff. July 1, 2002;

Eff. August 1, 2004.