Our Approach to Peer Review of Plans and Specifications
The goal of our reviews (peer, third party, constructability, etc.) is to prevent conflicts between the many different systems and pieces of equipment on the plans. This not only helps the owner; it benefits the contractor, sub-contractors, fabricators, Code Enforcement Officers, tenants and project managers. A majority of the problems which occur during construction can be avoided through our methodical approach to constructability reviews. We do this by:
- Having a thorough understanding of your desired end product.
- Performing a complete review of all plans, specifications and the bid documents.
- Making comments and notes on each drawing, specification and contract section.
- Writing well documented notes detailing the location of conflicts.
- While not a code review per se, any code variations observed will be noted for further review by the AE firm.
- Providing you, our client, with the marked-up sections and a write-up.
- Follow-up review of plans and specifications to verify the review comments were incorporated.
In the pictures below, the condensate line at the low-point of the duct work serving the hoods of a commercial dishwasher and rinse line is missing. The contractor did a good job installing the nipple, but the plans did not show a line running to the waste system. An independent review of the plans may have caught this oversight.
Warren Buffet once said: “Price is what you pay, value is what you get”.
Our engineering services rate is $75/hour. Our reviews take an average of one hour per sheet for drawing sets over 50 sheets where all aspects of architecture, mechanical, electrical, fire protection and civil engineering are intertwined. This time frame includes the review of specifications. Smaller sets typically take less time per sheet: A small set of 10 plan sheets and associated specifications can take as little as 3 hours to review, depending upon how complete the plans are to start with. The cost of our review runs between 0.7% and 1.2% of the total project cost. This price is minimal when compared to typical design fees between 9% and 12% of the total project cost. These examples show potential overall project savings as a result of our reviews.
Owner Representative Service
There are two ways to do things:
Right or Again
Right or Again
All too often we see contractors opt for "again" vs. right the first time.
A-Team Engineering provides Owner's Representative services. We act as another set of eyes during the construction process to review the work progress and compare that to what was designed. While the engineer or architect of record may review construction progress, they cannot be on-site at all times. Hiring us to perform periodic inspections of the project gives you, the Owner, additional assurance items are being installed as contracted. #rightoragain
The picture above shows a flexible asphalt repair just prior to the contractor installing the replacement asphalt. Prior to placement, the existing asphalt was supposed to have an approximate one foot overlap ground through the existing top course (see diagram below). If the contractor was allowed to proceed without inspection, the Owner would not have known the installation was not performed as designed.
The picture below on the left shows verified rebar placement for a slab repair prior to the installation of chairs. Each connection was tied with wire. Epoxied dowels tied the new rebar mat to the existing slab as well. The picture below on the right shows the repaired slab.
Contact us for any questions you have concerning the cost of our services.