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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.
-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
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
Detail how dissimilar materials intersect for an assembly
in all 3 dimensions
waterproofing and flashing
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.