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Construction glossary

What is a Contingency?

In the realm of construction, a contingency refers to a certain amount of money set aside to cover unexpected costs that might arise during the project’s execution. This allocation, usually accounting for an estimated 5-10% of the total project cost, acts as a financial cushion, providing security against unforeseen circumstances such as construction delays, changes in building codes, design modifications, or a surge in material prices. Additionally, it could also account for potential legal issues such as disputes over contracts. Overall, a contingency is an essential risk mitigation element for construction projects to ensure a smooth transition even in the face of unpredicted challenges.