03 Chptr - 23 3 The Design Professional's Work Product Key...

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23 3 The Design Professional's Work Product Key Terms Addenda Addendum Agreements Bidding documents Advertisements and invitations to bid Bidders' information Bid forms and supplements Instructions to bidders Conditions General Supplementary or special Hard and soft conversions Hardscape International System of Units (SI) Modular construction Project manual SWPPS Key Concepts Ambiguity is defined as "susceptible to more than one interpretation." Every effort should be made to avoid ambiguity in graphics, writing, and speech. Active listening and assuring that one has taken the guesswork out of all one's communication are helpful commitments in the design and constructions professions. Objectives Identify the proper location of various kinds of graphic information within a construction drawing set. Identify the contents of the project manual. 24 The Project Manual The design profession has experienced significant changes in the last couple of decades,
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in no small part due to the globalization of the economy, the increased sophistication and heightened demands of owners, a protracted recession in the 1990s, and the meteoric development of the personal computer. These developments have forced architects in particular to evaluate and redefine their practices and to search for different ways of making themselves useful to their clients. Forming strategic alliances with other design professionals, builders, and other service providers is one means by which architects are re-establishing their value to clients. How the profession will define itself in the coming years remains to be seen; however, it is likely that the traditional services—solving design problems and producing the contract documents used to construct clients' facilities—will continue to be in demand. Although there are many formats, architects' design work frequently culminates in a project manual and the drawings. The project manual commonly contains bidding requirements, 1 contracting requirements, 2 and specifications. 3 1 The advertisement or invitation to bid, instructions to bidders, bidders' information including preliminary schedules, geotechnical data, an existing conditions description (property survey, description of existing buildings, hazardous materials report), bid forms and supplements (bid form, bid form supplements, representations, and certifications). 2 The agreement, bonds (payment performance, and warranty), and certificates (payment and insurance certificates), general and supplementary conditions. 3 The written description of products and installation requirements (qualitative guidelines). The drawings are, of course, the graphic depiction of the work. Between these two packages, the builder has, in theory at least, a complete, relevant document set from which to construct a project. Addenda (clarifications, additions, deletions and modifications to a project prior to contract signing) are often produced in response to questions generated during
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