Services

We provide

Construction Documents Plan Review, Constructability, Interdisciplinary Coordination Building Code Compliance, Access Compliance Peer Review, Design and LEED Standards.

Constructability

The focus of a constructability review is on the completeness of the plans and detailing, the logic of detailing for scheduling of trades, the logic of construction phasing, and general bid-ability and build-ability.

  • It must be physically possible to do given the constraints of tools and human hands
  • Detail to prevent leaks – think like a drop of water
  • Staging, storage and phasing need to be logically accommodated
  • Don’t make the contractor guess or perform miracles that defy the laws of physics

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Coordination

The points of interface between the different disciplines – architectural, structural, civil, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, telecom, equipment, landscape and specialty consultants – account for over 50% of errors and omissions.

  • Two or more solid objects cannot occupy the same physical space
  • Features shown must be in the same place and be the same size on all documents
  • Make sure everything fits in the space that it is given
  • BIM can’t find clashes with systems that are not in the model

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Code Compliance

Codes are the minimum standard for structural safety, fire and life safety, materials standards, ADA accessibility standards, and “healthy” buildings for human occupancy.

  • A structural system must be strong enough to resist earthquakes/ hurricanes/ strong winds and its own dead weight
  • In case of fire or other emergency, one must be able to get out fast and easily
  • Universal accessibility makes life easier for us all

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Design Standards

Institutions with multiple facilities typically prefer standardization wherever possible. It simplifies both maintenance and facility operations.

  • Guideline design standards insure interoperability
  • Standard technical specifications must not be altered without approval of all parties
  • Standard details are developed by facility owners and operators to fit their needs and experience

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LEED/Green Standards

LEED and the new Green Codes promote a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality.

  • Verify that credits in the LEED application made it into the plans and specifications
  • For California schools, verify CHPS requirements
  • Verify local Green ordinances and other sustainability requirements

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Inspector of Record

In Southern California only, full time inspection services as required by the Division of the State Architect (DSA) are available to K-12 school districts and junior college districts.

  • DSA Certified Class 1
  • Excellent rapport with both Los Angeles and San Diego field offices
  • Verification that what is in the approved construction documents is actually what is built
  • Close-out assistance

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