|You have just paid your design professionals for developing Construction Documents for your project.
The design is complete. Why should you pay your consultants for additional work?
It may appear that since the design phase is complete, there is no longer a need for the design team. Just turn your project over
to the contractor and go. As the old adage says, things are always more complicated than they appear. There are actually
several good reasons why design professionals are critical to the success of the construction process. In a very real sense, the
design is not complete until the project is built.
|1. Best Qualified to Review Submittals and Construction
As the designer of the project, our firm is the best qualified to review the shop
drawings and other submittals and to observe the construction. By using the
design team during construction, you will have the services of those most
familiar with the project.
2. Best Qualified to Answer Questions
Your project is unique; it has never been built before! It is expected that the
contractor will have questions during construction. The design team is best
equipped to answer these questions or to work with others to answer them.
3. Best Qualified to Make Structural Decisions
The contractor, subcontractors, owner and others make many decisions during
the construction phase. Where the decisions affect the structure, the most
effective and efficient decisions should involve the appropriate design
and its implementation.
|4. Best Qualified to Resolve Structural Conflicts
Conflicts and problems are a part of every construction project. Human
nature often results in people pointing fingers and claiming that
certain procedures will cure the problem. The design team can assist in
making sure that the finger pointers don't lead you away from the
best course of action for the success of the project.
5. Provides Another Chance to Catch Errors
No set of drawings is perfect. Despite our best efforts to produce a
quality set of contract documents, errors can and will occur. It is
quite common to intercept some of those errors during the
construction phase, either during shop drawing review, when
questions are asked or during site visits.
|6. Permitting Agency Requirements
Over the years, the role of the permitting agency during
construction has grown. They now regularly require the SER
to review and stamp even minor revisions to the project.
7. Partial Construction Administration is Not Good Enough
Partial construction administration services, such as merely
addressing specific problems, will send an inconsistent message to
the contractor about your concern with the quality of
construction. It may even encourage the contractor not to bring
up issues, but to hide or resolve them without proper input.
Additionally, partial services can lead to misunderstandings about
the scope of the services being provided.