In the overall process of designing a successful system, effective contact administration begins well before the point at which implementation is begun, whether that be as a result of a competitive bidding process or through a negotiated contract with a recommended manufacturer. Typically, the designer(s) (SEVCD, we presume) will have included a set of bidding documents intended to facilitate the solicitation of “apples-to-apples” bids, and will be available to assist in evaluating bids and in awarding the contract. Then the real fun begins..... In an ideal world, an implementation schedule will have by now been determined, and monitoring progress toward deadlines is an essential part of the administration process. The first stage, however (and a critical part of maintaining the project schedule), is a review of submittals from the contractor (including shop drawings and color/material samples and prototypes), and ultimately, approval of those submittals and authorization to proceed with fabrication. Given timely receipt and approval of submittals, the designer, now wearing his CA hat, monitors the fabrication and installation process by reviewing progress reports and photos, and by visiting both the manufacturing facility as well as the job site itself. As the project nears completion, “punch list” reviews are effected, in order to assure the projects satisfactory conclusion.