We believe that successful construction performance and avoidance of construction change orders and claims depends to a large extent on the quality of the contract plans and specifications. Alpha’s efforts in assisting clients to that end focus on in-depth review of the design documents to analyze and evaluate technical reliability and constructability, including construction means, methods, materials, and interfaces. Through this review we identify and eliminate ambiguities and contract language that would unnecessarily contribute to construction change orders and disputes and adversary relationships between the Contractor, Owner, Designer and other project stakeholders.
Equally important to the technical aspect of the constructability review is the evaluation of the management and administrative related provisions of the contract to ensure that proper protocols are established for managing the project and that any potential risks are identified and mitigated. A key part in Alpha’s review is the evaluation of project control requirements including CPM scheduling. We also review the specifications to provide recommendations for quality assurance procedures, V.E. incentives, labor relations, disputes avoidance and documentation and submittal processing protocols.
Given the diverse nature of procurement options, we also assist our clients in selecting bid packaging or procurement options including single vs. multiple contracts, design-build vs. design-bid-build, etc. Factors driving this decision include scope of work definition, cost, schedule, risk, owner’s desired level of project control, etc.
Our capability and credibility in this area is anchored in our long-standing successful practice in the construction industry as professional engineers, construction managers, chief estimators, schedulers and expert claims analysts. Through this blend of expertise we can enhance the quality and coordination of the project documents while minimizing the risk for construction changes and claims.