Further to a survey or given the condition of a building, it is important that required or recommended repair or complete renovation work be carried out within a structured framework and according to a technical document detailing work to be performed.
It is very important for the client to ensure work is performed according to the highest standards. Preparation of a technical document is essential to the tendering process. It allows a tenderer to submit its bid based on clear and detailed technical documents; above all, it enables the client to compare bidding contractors on an equal basis and to get a fair price.
Professional and technical support to the client continues throughout the tendering process and may extend beyond (see Monitoring of work on the building envelope – walls and roofs).
We can prepare such documents internally or in conjunction with specialized architects or engineers we partner with. Preparation of tender documents involves:
- Preliminary study of premises, including evaluation of existing condition and gathering of information on jobsite
- Preparation of the scope of work by our firm or of plans and specifications by one of our partner architects
- Implementation of all drawings and specifications (plans, cuts and details) both in hard-copy and PDF format
- Preparation of tender documents including price schedules
- Jobsite visit with invited tenderers
- Issuance of addenda as required
- Receipt of tenders by the client
- Tender analysis by the client or by our firm
- Project follow-up and issuance of change orders as required
- Approval of payment requests for work
- At the end of a project, a complete set of shop drawings, data sheets, warranties and other documents is provided to the client
Technical advice (structure)
Survey of the structure of a building may be required when cracks are discovered in foundations or when indications suggest collapse of part of a structural component, such as a balcony or other. It may also be bulging or unusual cracks in the masonry. A survey by a duly qualified structural engineer must then be performed as soon as possible in order to maintain safe premises.
We have developed a partnership with structural engineers firms which, as required, are invited to join our team of experts for complete or partial building surveys.
The structural engineer partner will:
- Deliver preliminary technical or safety advice
- Design technical drawings for corrective work
- Recommend a broader survey (calculations, exploratory cuts, etc.)
- Prepare a budgetary estimate of the work
- Issue a detailed report including photos, annotated plans with relevant remarks and sketches to facilitate comprehension and interpretation