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Behind the Contractor's Desk

Presentation given at the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) International Conference. October 2014. Philadelphia PA.

katherine w

on 7 December 2015

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Transcript of Behind the Contractor's Desk

GC receives notice of bid from owner or architect

GC reviews drawings, determines which trades needed for project

GC contacts subcontractors to request bids
describe the process contractors take to complete construction of projects after the design process.
articulate the skills that translate from an architecture education to a general contractor company.
discuss the cultural and gender driven impacts of women in construction industry.
10 Things
Contractors Would
Tell Architects
-Katherine Williams, AIA, NOMA
B. Arch, Howard University (Architecture)
Rose Fellow Alum (Developer)
Marion Construction (GC)

-Devanne Pena, Assoc AIA, NOMA
B. Arch. NC State (Architecture)
Sabre Commercial (GC)
H+UO Architects (Designer)
After drawings leave your
GCs and/or subs may have a walk through of project

GCs and/or subs will generate questions for the architect

Subs may have to get pricing from suppliers for specific items
During the bid process
On Bid Day
Being a female
person of color
Q & A
Behind the Contractor's Desk
GC is getting bids from subs

GC must determine if all bids are bidding same scope of work, amount of materials, etc.

GC has determine best bid to include in his/her overall bid for the project plus his/her overhead

Submits to architect/owner
After project awarded
GC must contract with the owner

GC contacts subs to award contracts

GC must verify sub can do work for price quoted and within project schedule
If it is not on the drawings or in the
specifications, it will not be in the final

If it is not labeled well on the drawing
If it only appears in the spec
Think about who is reading your drawings

Workers may not native English speakers

Workers may be inexperienced
During bid process, subs do not spend a lot of time looking at project.

Subs are bidding 3-4 jobs a day

Details only in spec may get missed.
Document changes well

Identify changes on drawings by clearly marking them
-Use clouds and/or deltas

Implement formal process for changes
-Addenda, ASI, RFI
On remodeling projects, include as much information about existing conditions as possible

building structure heights from finish floor to finish floor

column sizes

center line dimensions

above ceiling MEP work
Make sure the performance requirements in the specifications are realistic

Can the desired aspect be acheived

Is there a measurable standard
Build in time for drawing coordination
From Architect
to Architect:
Detail how dissimilar materials intersect for an assembly

in all 3 dimensions

window jamb

waterproofing and flashing

substrate, framing

where slab is depressed
Build in time for review

Have someone in the design firm who is not on the project look at the final drawing package BEFORE it goes out.

Have project architect/manager look over intern/inexperienced staff- reviewed submittals-- there can be unnecessary back and forth, and potential schedule delay
Fight for the design elements
that have a big impact

Be willing to compromise on small things

If a design feature is a priority, treat it as such by being present at meetings about it and by being available to answer questions about it.
in construction
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