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Melissa Finch
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Username: melgfinch

Post Number: 1
Registered: 02-2024
Posted on Thursday, February 29, 2024 - 10:10 am:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

I have looked in MasterSpec and postal specifications and can't find what I'm looking for. I'm working on a confidential project, and it has been requested that we submit a "Work in Existing Facilities - Architectural" spec section. This has come from the electrical engineer having a "Work in Existing Facilities - Electrical" spec section in Division 26 and an architectural version is being requested. I can, of course, create a new section but I'm not sure what to include here that wouldn't already be included in Selective Demolition or Division 01.

Some things included in the electrical spec section are about electrical service disruptions (already included in Div 01), demolition verbiage, but it also goes into "clean panelboards," servicing existing lighting, and "Inspect existing wiring for damage. Repair or replace damaged wiring." & more similar verbiage.

Any input would be helpful! I feel like most of these types of things are already covered in other sections, but I guess they are wanting some verbiage for components that maybe just need cleaning & replacing as needed, rather than just all new verbiage. Thanks in advance!
Dave Metzger
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Username: davemetzger

Post Number: 827
Registered: 07-2001
Posted on Thursday, February 29, 2024 - 12:41 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Is the existing facility going to remain in operation during construction? If so, the owner’s involvement in developing requirements is essential.

We’ve done an addition to an existing occupied office building, and included requirements in particular for noise and vibration limitations and hour restrictions on such work, building security, use of shared facilities such as the loading dock and parking, and management of construction debris.
ken hercenberg
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Username: khercenberg

Post Number: 1613
Registered: 12-2006

Posted on Thursday, February 29, 2024 - 12:58 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Does the owner want every surface cleaned even if not being affected by construction? If a wall is not indicated to be painted as part of the Work is the Contractor responsible for finding and touching up existing "dings" at the other end of the building? Are they aware of the costs they are adding to the project? Do they have a cleaning and maintenance crew who does this Work for them? Why would they want to pay the Contractor to do this?

We include requirements to replace filters after Work is complete, close off ductwork returns to prevent migration of fumes and dust generated by Work being performed in a room or area, cleaning areas and surfaces affected by the Work, etc. but we do not require cleaning of areas not in the Work. Talk about scope creep.

I can see if you need to have a concrete or masonry cleaning spec, or if there is a specific need identified for inclusion in the Work, but a wholesale "clean and fix everything in the building" seems a bit much.
Melissa Finch
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Username: melgfinch

Post Number: 2
Registered: 02-2024
Posted on Thursday, February 29, 2024 - 04:42 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Thank you David & Ken for your input. All good questions & points that I will bring up.

This client has their own master specifications so I think they need to be involved in developing the requirements anyway. My plan is to use the eletrical section as a reference to start the section and follow-up with the client for review/refinement.

Ken, good point about scope creep. A lot of this project is cleaning, moving equipment, upgrades, etc. but we still need to determine where that line is drawn.

Thank you both again!
Robert Swan, FCSI, SCIP
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Username: robeswan

Post Number: 13
Registered: 12-2016
Posted on Thursday, February 29, 2024 - 05:15 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

I suggest you have the Owner tell you his site security and operational requirements before you start. Additionally all their particular requirements for the GCs workers on site, delivery protocols, and all other items which they are concerned about.
Loretta Sheridan
Senior Member
Username: leshrdn

Post Number: 122
Registered: 11-2021
Posted on Friday, March 01, 2024 - 08:28 am:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Hi, Mel!

You might try googling "019313 Facility Maintenance Procedures" and see what comes up. Don't forget about copyright! You should not just wholesale copy someone else's work product -- that violates copyright. But it can give you a good idea as to what other places (usu. schools, colleges, and university) expect, and how they address is.

Of course, working with the Owner of your project to get what is required sufficiently covered.
Melissa Finch
Username: melgfinch

Post Number: 3
Registered: 02-2024
Posted on Friday, March 01, 2024 - 01:41 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Loretta!!! I hope you are doing well friend. Thank you for your input. I will do that & I have reached out to the client to discuss what they would like to see here & have voiced concerns of scope creep.

Good to hear from you!
Phil Kabza
Senior Member
Username: phil_kabza

Post Number: 788
Registered: 12-2002

Posted on Monday, March 04, 2024 - 04:50 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

The portions of MasterSpec 011000 SUMMARY under the Article WORK RESTRICTIONS will help you. Also see 013516 ALTERATION PROCEDURES and 090190.02 MAINTENANCE REPAINTING. MasterSpec has long been pointed toward new construction, but some of these remodeling concerns have been finding their way into their library
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