Inspections

Municipalities have inspectors (usually trained in some form of construction discipline) who work for the local building department. The inspectors visit the various projects to make sure the CM/GC is contracting the project according to the documents approved by the Building Department. In certain cases inspectors are asked to come to the site by the CM/GCs for the following phases:

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1.

Foundation bearing conditions

2.

Foundations

3.

Plumbing roughing

4.

Electrical roughing

5.

Dry wall installation

6.

Erection of structure

7.

Asbestos removal

8.

Final plumbing

9.

Final electrical

10.

Life safety

11.

Boiler

12.

Construction safety

When the inspectors review the project, they have the authority to stop a project and issue violations. Obviously if these conditions occur then the project schedule could be in jeopardy. Again, it behooves the PM to be familiar with all aspects of the project. The PM should walk with the inspectors when they come to the job site so that a good understanding of noncompliance issues can be reviewed. In addition, the approved Building Department drawings should be readily available at the job site along with the approved permits. It may be that a misunderstanding has occurred and a valid explanation is all that is required. This can put a stop to many frivolous problems. Major problems uncovered by the building inspector will have to be addressed expeditiously. Every effort has to be made to convince inspectors that any problems

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will be remedied that day. Then ask the inspector to come back the next day. A safety violation is another story and the inspectors may shut the project down immediately. This should never happen unless some extreme event has occurred that could not have been stopped with due diligence. See Chapter 5 for more details on safety concerns for a project.

TESTING

Some municipalities require that some form of controlled inspections take place for a variety of project components. This means that certain areas of the project have to be properly tested. Review Chapter 3 for details on testing procedures. The Building Department may require the following tests:

1.

Borings

2.

Test pits

3.

Pilings

4.

Underpinning

5.

Soil bearing pressure

6.

Welding

7.

High-strength bolts

8.

Smoke tests

9.

Spray-on fire proofing

10.

Concrete design mix

11.

Concrete test cylinders

12.

Sprinkler test (hydrostatic)

13.

Emergency Lighting

14.

Emergency Power

In addition, the local fire department may require that the following be tested or checked:

1. Smoke purge

2. Fire alarm system

3. Fuel storage

4. Elevator recall

5. Fire department key for elevator operation

6. Stair pressurization

7. Compartmentation

8. Storage of hazardous material and gases

9. Fire Pump

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