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Site photos with purpose

A good photograph is knowing where to stand – Ansel Adams

How many times have you taken site photos and then once back in the office you realize that the photos are missing parts of the room, details or some other information you desperately need that minute? Have you ever sent a junior on site to take progress photos, but when you see them it’s obvious that the photos won’t be of much help to certify that progress claim? Great shots of the footing, but what about the rest of the building?  Here are a few suggestions that will help to improve the process of taking better site photos. Read More…

Quick guide to cash allowances

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You are designing a renovation to an airport departures terminal, and a constant problem in the design process has been the excessive amount of time required to obtain approvals and finalize details from the many stakeholders in the project (including airport authorities, security agencies, airlines and many others). You are behind schedule, the tender deadline is nearing and the design for the ticketing counters is still in progress. It doesn’t look like you are going to obtain review and approval to proceed in time to make the deadline. What do you do? Postpone the tender? This is a case where a cash allowance may come to your rescue. Read More…

Your project quality depends on these three types of submittals

aluminum doorsSo what is a submittal? Are they the dreaded shop drawings that require a young architect to red line and copy one set of notes onto six sets of drawings? Take this short quiz to test your submittal knowledge (match the number on the left with the corresponding letter on the right).

  1. Informational Submittal                         a) Erosion control plan
  2. Close out & Maintenance Submittal      b) Color sample chip
  3. Pre-Construction Submittal                   c) 30 day Concrete Strength Test
  4. Action Submittal                                    d) Addendum #1

Read more for the answers Read More…

Five great websites to sharpen your contract administration

“Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it,” Samuel Johnson.

A goal of our substantial performance blog is to be a source of continuing education to those in construction contract administration. We believe that for good architectural design to be realized, a strong understanding and organization of the building process and contract administration is required.

Strong construction contract administration knowledge and experience provides confidence to effectively design details, write specifications, review quality of work on site, negotiate change orders, keep organized the many files and submittals, and confidence handling many other construction contract administration tasks.

So if you don’t already know the subject of contract administration yourself, we have compiled a list of websites where we believe you can find the information upon it. Read More…