The big moment has arrived. This is it! All the meetings, all the hours, all that red ink has finally, finally brought us to this one action. That’s right, our project’s construction document set is complete and we get to hit “Print.” So we’re done . . . Right? Well, not so much.
So much has gone on up to this point—schematic design, engineering consultation, picking finishes, final design review—but after this one momentous occasion, a whole new life begins for a project. Three copies travel through the official review process. These land in the hands of building code reviewers, site reviewers, and fire marshals who all spend time checking for compliance with the various codes that have shaped the design.
Meanwhile, the project set is typically sent out to general contractors for bidding. This is when the project is dissected, the pieces are handed out to subcontractors, and the pieces are returned with costs for materials and labor attached to each piece. Usually t,here are a myriad of questions that come in from the trades that need to be answered before the end of the bidding process, which can be a tedious task requiring multiple drawing revisions.
Now that we have permits in hand and a contractor selected, it’s time to build! During this time, questions continue to come in from the contractor, drawings are revised, meetings are held on-site, each and every product in the project is reviewed by the design team and the owner to make sure it follows the construction documents and the design intent of the project, problems crop-up and are resolved with further revisions. This process takes the whole team working together to keep the building moving forward.
But at last, construction is complete. The project has completed the final few hurdles of building inspections, punch lists, and final owner walk through. A quick ribbon cut later, and the project is up and running. So we’re done . . . Right?