Drawings And Specifications

Drawings and specifications represent the scope of the project and the details required for its construction. These documents will include plans, elevations, sections, reflected ceiling plans, blow-ups, definitive information (such as the type of pipe to use), and testing and quality control (QC) that will be used for the project. See Exhibit 8-1 for a drawings and specifications flowchart.

The architects and associated consultants (design team) prepare the construction documents. The construction documents are supposed to be coordinated by the design team that is involved with their preparation. The coordination process entails the review of the architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, sprinkler, and other plans to make sure conflicts do not occur between the various design team discipline drawings. Unfortunately, the reality of the consultant's world is that the consultants usually do not have the proper time to coordinate and check the construction documents. Sometimes the owner who wants to begin construction immediately dictates this. Thus, the reality of the preparation of construction documents is that it is very rare that the construction manager/general contractor (CM/GC) will receive 100% completed documents.

The CM/GC must review the documents for constructability. This is not to say that all discrepancies will be picked up. However, the CM/GC is trying to minimize potential problems.

One of the first things the CM/GC wants to do is to make sure the latest construction documents have been submitted. This is achieved by requesting from the design team a list of all the construction documents indicating the latest revision dates. The design team's list should also include all addendums, sketches, bulletins, specifications, and all other documents relevant to the construction of the project. Exhibit 8-2 is a design document log that should be kept by the project manager (PM).

Exhibit 8-1

Review of design documents flowchart.

( \ Design team completes all documents V__/

( \ Review for missing information V__'

Check dimensions

' CM/GC goes ^ through all the documents on a page by y page basis J

Check for long lead items

Check with manufacturers for availability

Exhibit 8-2

Design documents log.

Document

Type

Designation

Submittal Date

Revision Date

Comments

Drawings

Site plan

Boring log

Landscaping

Architectural

Structural

Mechanical

Electrical

Plumbing

Sprinkler

Specifications

1

2

3

Sketches

1

2

3

Addendums

1

2

3

Bulletins

1

2

3

E-Mail

1

2

3

Letter

1

2

3

Field authorization

1

2

3

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