Details Details Details

You have often heard me talk about the fact that PLANNING – DESIGNING – BUILDING are constants on facility projects. I firmly believe that Planning is the foundation for which all successful projects are built. If that is true, then Detailed Design is the superstructure. Without detailed design documents the Building phase is guided only by guess work.

A while back, we were contacted by an owner that was doing a tenant build-out of an existing building. He had already hired a contractor, had completed the interior demolition, and was ready to start the building out of the space when he realized he had a problem; he had no Detailed Design documents to give direction to his contractor, only sketchy permit drawings. When the building inspector showed up for his first inspection, he put a stop-work order on the project due to lack of specific details. The owner called us to help solve his problem. After a job site meeting, we began the process of producing documents for his contractor to work from and for the inspector to know exactly the scope of the project. Before we completed our work, this project had a sad ending – the building burnt down.

Unless you plan to have your building burn down before it is completed, you should have detailed construction documents produced. These documents should…

  • Communicate the design parameters and details to the contractor and the agencies. PDMi uses 3D modeling as a great tool to accomplish this.
  • Provide Constructible Details. Just because a detail can be drawn on paper (or for that matter, dreamed up in your mind) does not mean it can be constructed. The PDMi staff has spent many years alongside contractors to understand constructible details.
  • Specify Material Selection. The right materials used in the right places will assure a project’s success.

We know that good Detailed Design documents will guide your project. Give us a call to talk about how PDMi can work with you on your next project.

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