GLOSSARY TERM  
  Superintendent (also known as Contract Administrator, Architect, Administration Manager)  
 
  DESCRIPTION  
  The person generally engaged by the Principal to administer the building Contract. In some instances the Superintendent is referred to as the Contract Administrator (see PC-1).


The Superintendent is not a party to the Contract. However, the Contract will define the role of the Superintendent in administering that Contract. The Superintendent may have a dual role: to issue directions to the Contractor on behalf of the Principal and to carry out certification tasks as a party independent to the Principal. This creates a tension between the Superintendent's role as the Principal's agent (and therefore clearly representing the Principal's interests) and as a certifier (which must be undertaken independently).