Constructability Review (CR)

"Thanks to your team for the effort that went into the constructability review.  We expect it will be a useful tool as we advance the documents for bidding."

- Patricia Sherman, Dykeman

Constructability Review (CR) is an important project management tool to help reduce project risks. During construction, requests for information (RFI) are often necessary for clarification of design intent or specifications, which often results in construction delays. Even more costly are change orders which owners and contractors find necessary to improve project quality or reduce costs of construction. The constructability review process, in short, helps to avoid unnecessary costs and delays.  Well coordinated documents represent lower risk factors to both clients and contractors, resulting in more competitive bids.

The MENG Analysis CR Approach

MENG's vast experience facilitating constructability reviews indicate that there are key elements to a successful study:

  • Review of "bid-ready" documents
  • Experienced, tactful contractor-based leadership of the CR team
  • Field-experienced CR team members
  • Collaborative approaches versus a "critical" third party review
  • Strong (hands-on) project management
  • Interdisciplinary workshops over distributed reviews
  • Back-check control

It's all in the details

There was a day when a building could be constructed with just s few sheets of drawings and a handshake. Things have changed. New, innovative building systems expand design options. The ease and speed of drafting and standard details all help to solve many problems, but templates and the ease of cutting and pasting in drafting software programs can cause problems too.

Preparing a project for bid is usually one of the most stressful of all project phases.  Last minute changes are the rule rather than the exception for most projects. Coordinating details throughout the drawings and specifications is paramount. More owners and architects are choosing the benefit of fresh, unbiased perspectives and outsource this detailed, interdisciplinary coordination task to MENG Analysis.

The following article from American School and University Magazine explains why third-party construction document review to prevent change orders is key for reducing construction costs during tough economic times.

Cost Control, American School and University Magazine, July 2009

Tamarack Village Condos Constructability Review

MENG Analysis reviewed the contract drawings and specifications for an $83 million 274,000 square foot condominium development in Donnelly, Idaho.

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Issaquah Police & Jail Facility Constructability Review

MENG Analysis performed the review at 100% completion of the construction documents. The new facility is a $7.5 million 40,000 square foot 3-story building.

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Opus Center @ Union Station, Opus Northwest

MENG Analysis performed a third-party building systems analysis and review of Buildings 2 & 3 at the OPUS Center @ Union Station.

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Canyon Park Freeway Station ITR, Sound Transit

This transit station off I-405 includes a pedestrian bridge, park and ride lot, and bus station.

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