Did you also know the value of a set of construction plans and specifications can be based on 5 Cs as well?
The plans must be an accurate and thorough representation of the existing project building site and terrain features.
The plans must be supported by a detailed and thoroughly documented development process.
In the case of a renovation or addition, the plans need to incorporate repair activities for equipment in the vicinity of the repair which is part of the system (i.e. insulating pipes, electrical repair, painting, etc.).
The plans should be developed with the active involvement of all affected parties throughout all stages of design, specifically in the early stages of design.
The plans must be consistent with other plans developed by and for the Owner. The plans also need to comply with all standards and guidelines set by Owner manuals and guidelines. For example: Company AutoCAD Standards and energy standards.
The plans and specifications must be able to be well understood by all parties from bidding through construction and commissioning. Unclear plans and specifications can cause delays, rework, and claims from misunderstandings.
The plans should not have or contain any design errors or omissions which will cause the delay, postponement, or cancellation of the project being awarded. The issued for construction (IFC) drawings should not have design errors or omissions as these cost the Owner money and possibly time.
The items shown on the plans must be able to be constructed and constructed efficiently. Do the plans show a 9 foot tall tank in a room with 8 foot ceilings? Are there 80 foot runs of steel with no detail for splicing? Are beams, pipes and conduit occupying the same space?
Without proper attention to these 5 Cs, the Owner will end up paying for change orders and may not get the project delivered on time.
Design professionals intend to provide a complete set of plans and specifications devoid of conflicts and errors. This is difficult to do without a proper procedure in place which incorporates reviews in the design process from start to finish. While this can be achieved in-house with employees of the design firm, these reviewers can still not be as independent as possible. Review by a completely separate firm with an independent set of eyes is an excellent way to reduce the likelihood of change orders and keep the project on track for successful completion on time.