Post Number: 52
|Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2003 - 02:12 pm: |
SHORT-FORM SPECIFICATIONS - 18
Copyright 2002 by Herman R. Hoyer, PE, FCSI, CCS
For this installment of the column, I will cover Division 1 Section 01311, Project Coordination. This is not a Section devoted to shortening specification sections, but rather a "grandfather-clause" Section devoted to preventing perplexing and costly disputes between the Owner or Architect and the Contractor. This is an important Division 1 Section, even though it is not engaged in shortening the Project Manual.
I have had many a phone call from architects in disputes with contractors, complaining that something which should have been specified seems to have been overlooked. And, when I refer them to Section 01311, I get a sigh of relief and an expression of gratitude. I grant you that Section 01311 is a collection of "grandfather clauses," but nevertheless, these clauses have saved my clients many, many extra charges in disputes with contractors. In essence this Section says: if it is specified between the front and back covers of these Specifications, or indicated on the Drawings, it shall be provided by the Contractor as required to complete the Work.
Here is an abridged copy of my Section 01311, Project Coordination:
SECTION 01311 - PROJECT COORDINATION
A. Requirements Included:
1. Provide project interface and coordination as required to properly and accurately bring together the several parts, components, systems, and assemblies and as required to complete the Work and the Project, pursuant to the AIA A201 General Conditions, subparagraphs 1.2.3 and 1.2.4, paragraph 3.3, and subparagraph 3.4.1.
2. Provide interface and coordination of all trades, crafts, and subcontracts as required to provide correct and accurate connection of abutting, adjoining, overlapping, and related Work, and provide all anchors, fasteners, accessories, appurtenances, and incidental items as required to complete the Work properly, fully, and correctly in accordance with the Contract Documents.
3. Provide additional structural components, miscellaneous metal, bracing, blocking, backing, clips, anchors, fasteners, and installation accessories as required to properly anchor, fasten, or attach materials, equipment, appliances, hardware, systems, assemblies, cabinets, and architectural features to the structure.
4. Provide excavation and backfill, trenching and drilling for all trades as required for the installation of their Work.
5. Provide concrete foundations, pads, supports, bases, and grouting for all trades as required for the installation of their Work.
6. Provide calking, sealing, and flashings as required to weatherproof the building complete and as required to insulate the building thermally and acoustically. Include calking, sealing, flashings, and related work as required to prevent moisture intrusion, air infiltration, and light leakage.
7. Provide equipment, appliances, fixtures, and systems requiring plumbing and mechanical services, rough-in, and connections, or other utilities and services, with such services, rough-in, and final connections.
8. (Include a paragraph similar to 7. above for electrical services.)
9. Materials, equipment, component parts, accessories, incidental items, connections, and services required to complete the Work which are not provided by subcontractors shall be provided by the Contractor.
B. Field Measurements and Templates:
1. Obtain all field measurements required for the accurate fabrication and installation of the Work. Exact measurements are the Contractor's responsibility.
2. Furnish or obtain templates, patterns, and setting instructions as required for the installation of all Work. Verify all dimensions in the field.
1. The Contractor shall be in charge of this Contract and the site, as well as the directing and scheduling of all Work.
2. Final responsibility for the performance, interface, and completion of the Work and the Project in accordance with the Contract Documents shall be with the Contractor.
So, there it is. I urge you all to include this language in your specifications. Believe me, my Section 01311 has saved me and my clients from many an expensive extra. I wish I had space to cite some examples.
In my next column, I'll return to Division 1 Sections which support the premise of Tenet No. 2.