- Reviewing Submittals, Mockups, and RFI’s

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In this ARE 5.0 Construction and Evaluation Exam Prep course you will learn about the topics covered in the ARE 5.0 CE exam division. A complete and comprehensive curriculum, this course will touch on each of the NCARB objectives for the ARE 5.0 Construction and Evaluation Exam.

Instructor Mike Newman will discuss issues related to bidding and negotiation processes, support of the construction process, and evaluation of completed projects.

When you are done with this course, you will have a thorough understanding of the content covered in the ARE 5.0 Construction and Evaluation Exam including construction contract execution, construction support services, payment request processing, and project closeout. 

My name is Lauren Coles, and I work at CO Arhitects, and the project we're discussing is at NKU, Northern Kentucky University. The project's name is Health Innovation Center and Founders Hall Renovation. It's a medical education building that's about 210,000 square feet. Reviewing submittals and especially mock-ups, it's your last line of defense, basically, to protect the design intent of the project. So you really need to make sure that you thoroughly review submittals, that they are the correct product, and that they meet all of the specifications that are made.

An RFI is a request for information. It's basically a question that the contractor has, It either will come from a field condition, something that's popped up that you didn't know about, or there may be a discrepancy from your documentation, so there may be a discrepancy between the mechanical drawings and what you showed on the RCPs, which are the reflected ceiling plans.

An RFI that we have received before in the past is the coordination between RCPs with your consultant. So the reflected ceiling plans, the RCPs, are some of the most difficult drawings to coordinate, and often times, unfortunately, maybe a light fixture or a diffuser, something like that, they won't match.

The mechanical or electrical won't match the architectural RCPs. So in that case, if that happens, the contractor would need to write an RFI, asking which one is correct. That also proves the importance of coordinated drawings in the construction process. If your drawings aren't coordinated, you're going to have a very difficult time in construction.

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ARE 5.0 Construction & Evaluation Exam Prep

Duration: 11h

Author: Mike Newman