During the course of every construction project, questions will arise. Architects can help guide the construction team to ensure the design intent—as well as the building compliance—are met, culminating into a finished building to be proud of.
This check-and-balance process helps safeguard every construction project from delays and mistakes. From answering Request for Information (RFIs) to reviewing product submittals, the architect helps ensure a successful project.
Site visits are a key part of the construction administration process. After each visit, the architect generates a report of site observations with thorough detail. This includes photographs from the construction site to ensure the construction follows all contract document requirements.
Requests for Information (RFIs) are the appropriate avenue for the general contractor to ask questions regarding the construction documents provided. Occasionally, information has been omitted or is simply difficult to understand. Answering RFIs in a timely fashion helps the project stay on time and on budget.
Submittals verify that you get what you pay for. The contractor issues a document or product specifications of what they intend to purchase to install on the project. Most materials can be substituted, and the architect will approve these suggestions if they maintain the aesthetic and performance of the original.
Certificates of Payment ensure owners pay only for work complete or underway. By knowing the building components, the architect can verify the amount of work completed. Occasionally, work complete gets embellished, and the best way to ensure that the work is accounted for is with a Certificate of Payment.