What is construction administration?
If you are a professional developer working in the construction industry, you know how satisfying it is to complete a construction project successfully. You will aim that your construction project gets completed without any issues or hassles. However, it is a fact that there will be any unforeseen conditions during the construction project that will require your immediate attention. It is here where construction administration comes into the picture. Construction administration is a phase in the construction project where your architect will act as an agent to coordinate and inspect the contractor’s work. They will find out if there are any flaws with the project and highlight them so that they can be taken care of. Your architect will also provide their valuable suggestions during this phase.
The development of construction projects involves many inherent risks and heavy investment. So, you should not leave anything. If you are a budget conscious developer, you will always try to protect your investment and prevent the contractor from taking any wrong decision during the construction phase. At this point, the construction administration services of a professional architect will help. They will help you limit cost, provide you guidance, answer your queries, and help in the inspection process.
Here are the main benefits of hiring construction administration services.
Effective and easy navigation of the construction process
Construction administration will help you in navigating the construction process effectively. So, when any kind of issues occur, you can easily manage the cost during the construction phase. Your architect is a professional who already knows the design in advance. They can produce sketches to the contractor or the inspectors throughout the process to keep everything intact. Hiring a professional architect firm like DBA Architects will help you prevent costly changes to the original design and help the contractor in the construction phase, thus resulting in cost-saving for you. The services can also help you save money when your architect can research well and apply code to help local jurisdictions in correcting judgment.
In-between changes to design plan
If you are working on an existing building, you will find that many things are only revealed when the entire building is completely demolished. Think of this scenario – the permits have been approved and you are in the middle of the project and you find you may have to change the design due to unforeseen conditions. In this scenario, your architect will help you in maintaining the design, limit liability and maintain quality while meeting the code requirements. Small changes in design and detailing can be made by your architect. If there are major changes like structural sizing, layout changes, major changes to interior walls or changes in finish floor levels may require resubmission and permit changes to the authority that is having the jurisdiction.
While your construction process is in full swing, distinctive or special inspections should be carried to ensure everything is going on smoothly and as per your expectation. Concrete inspection, welding inspection, and bolting inspections are a few important jobs that come under the category of distinctive inspection. As a reliable design professional, your architect can help in the specification of these inspections. They can also help you in choosing the right engineer for doing this job. Although these inspections are not required in all jurisdictions, hiring a professional will help in cost saving, and limiting liability and headaches.
Professional guide on when to pay the contractor
Many developers are unsure when to pay the contractor and they easily make mistakes. In general, you should pay your contractor only when the contracted job is complete. But yes, you should pay for the materials that are used at the construction site and things you are completely aware of. Your architect is your best guide to help you know when to pay the contractor. They have vast training and experience in the construction processes, and they can help you manage construction payments properly. Getting professional help in releasing payments assure safe payment of funds and that the work is completed as required and as per the approved permit drawings.
DBA Architects Offer Exceptional Construction Administration Services
With more than three decades of experience in the construction industry, DBA Architects provides construction administration services for owners, developers and contractors. We understand how critical this phase is for the successful execution of any construction project. Our architects provide a full range of construction administration services including site visits, job meetings, pre-bid help to developers and contractors, attending pre-construction meetings and presentations, submittal reviews, help in releasing of construction payments, preparation of record drawings, assistance in inspections and more. During your construction process, we understand our role is to protect your project from any kind of adverse situation, and keep you comfortable during the construction process. As a professional architect firm, it is our responsibility to provide exceptional construction administration services.
So, give us a call to know how we can help you with the smooth execution of your construction project.