The construction industry categorizes the types of construction project a contractor works on. Specialty construction areas that are not categorized elsewhere fit in a miscellaneous heavy construction industry. This is not typically constructing buildings, but instead constructing infrastructure projects in transportation, power-related construction, sewage and wastewater treatment, plus other water projects such as building reservoirs and dams.
Heavy construction projects are often completed by small to medium size companies that specialize in a specific trade. The miscellaneous category covers a wide array of construction projects such as athletic fields, furnace construction, brush clearing, golf courses, missile facilities, nuclear reactors, oil refineries, pond construction, railroad construction, and waste disposal plants.
While licensing requirements for general contractors and special trade contractors vary according to the state, a heavy construction project will usually require that the contractor obtain a Payment and Performance surety bond.
There are three parties to a surety bond contract: an obligee, a principal, and a surety. An "obligee" is the entity requiring a surety bond. The obligee for most heavy construction projects will be a federal government, state government, city, or municipality. The "principal" is the contractor who is required to obtain a surety bond. And the "surety" is the company that issues the bond.
A surety bond is a guarantee from the contractor to the project owner that the project will be completed as agreed to in the contract. Some contractual obligations can include a completion date, a budget, details of the work to be performed, and specifics on the quality of work.
If the contractor fails to follow through on the contract, the obligee can make a claim on the surety bond.
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