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Construction Excellence Features

Planning Phase:

  • Select delivery system appropriate for the project.
  • Identify the funding amount and schedule required for the project and delivery system selected.
  • Define project scope with the client.
  • Prepare initial "Occupancy Agreement" reflecting the project goals, requirements etc., and document the last date for no cost design changes by the agency.
  • Prepare "Project Management Plan" with schedule and budget requirements.
  • Performing a PDRI (Project Definition Rating Index) with project team to identify level of understanding of project.

Design Phase:

  • Manage the design to ensure the project remains within the established budget.
  • Simplify design utilizing performance requirements for such items as curtain walls.
  • Select the web based project management system.
  • Utilize the "Consolidated Professional Services" contracts for programming space planning, constructability, building code compliance, accessibility reviews, estimating etc.
  • Utilize construction expertise for constructability reviews and budget control.
  • Prepare separate independent estimates to compare with the Architect/Engineer (A/E) estimates to ensure the design stays within the budget at approximately the 30, 60 and 95 percent stages of design.
  • Provide design briefing at each design submission to the customer agency to ensure their understanding of the design.
  • Update the "Occupancy Agreement" to reflect revisions to the original agreement and new decisions.
  • Prepare Preliminary Commissioning Plan.
  • Provide Performance Evaluations of AE and Construction Manager (CM).

Construction Phase:

  • Manage the construction to ensure the project remains within the established budget.
  • Utilize past performance system in selection of the construction contractor.
  • Conduct "Partnering Session" with the construction, design, customer and GSA personnel.
  • Process "Requests for Information" and answer contractor inquires in a timely manner utilizing web based project management.
  • Process contractor payments in a timely manner.
  • Perform informal monthly evaluations of A/E, CM and construction contractor.
  • Perform "Construction Peer Review" at 15 and 60 percent for all large or special projects.
  • Utilize "Partnering" and "Alternate Dispute Resolution" to resolve disputes.
  • Perform "walk through" inspections with the customer agency on a regular basis to ensure they understand the space being provided and status of the work.
  • Prepare construction contractor "Performance Evaluations" at the intervals required during construction.
  • Perform ninety-percent review of the construction project to evaluate the success of the project and prepare "Lessons Learned" on the project.
  • Prepare final "Performance Evaluation" of the construction contractor.
  • Implement Commissioning Plan.

Other Features:

  • Recognition award program for Construction Excellence by construction contractors.
  • GSA involvement with the Construction Industry Institute and other groups performing research into better ways to deliver construction projects.
  • GSA training program and support for project manager certification.
  • Maintain "Partnering" relationships with the Association of General Contractors, American Institute of Architects, Project Management Institute, Construction Management Association of America and other organizations involved in building construction.
CONTACTS

Office of Design and Construction
(202) 501-1888


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