Construction Document Phase

During this phase of the operation, all the necessary documents needed to execute the project are prepared, and upon getting approval for the design development submissions, the designer is responsible for preparing detailed drawings, specifications, and other documents necessary to construct the project. Products that vendors need to supply are also defined in this phase. The contract documents may include the work for both construction and furniture purchasing, or they may be developed separately so individual contracts can be let for construction and Furniture, Fixtures, and Equipment (FF&E). The AIA/ASID standard form states that separate documents are to be prepared. This is usually preferred because interior construction contracts differ from furniture and equipment contracts. Nearly a third of the designer's costs normally go into producing these documents so it is vitally important to be as efficient as possible to maximize profits. Errors or omissions require changes, which will increase project costs.

Construction Documents Required

The basic document package includes all the construction drawings (layout plans, elevations, sections, reflected ceiling plan details, cabinet details, finish and hardware schedules, construction details, furniture plans, and other miscellaneous drawings). As part of the design team, the planner's drawings must also be coordinated with those of other consultants including mechanical, electrical/telephone, plumbing, and fire protection, as well as the architect and interior designer (if applicable). The number of drawings that make up the contract document package depends largely on the size and complexity of the project (Figures 2.15a, b, c).

FIGURE 2.14a An example of information needed for the detailed development phase.
FIGURE 2.14b An example of design development details that help explain the concept.

Construction drawing documents are increasingly being prepared through the use of sophisticated CAD software programs like AutoCad, Microstation, and VersaCad, which are discussed in greater detail in Chapter 10. The advantages of using computer drafting are many, including greater representational accuracy, the ability to reuse standard details, and the capability of depicting the actual furniture to be used (from furniture manufacturers' libraries). The designer should immediately advise the client of any adjustments made to the previous project cost estimates based on changes in the scope of work made during document preparation.


Once the contract documents are completed, the designer assists the owner in the preparation of the bidding package. This consists of construction drawings, specifications, the necessary procurement forms, general conditions of the contract, and forms of agreement between the owner and the contractor as well as any other special project provisions specifically listed

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