DRAWING INSPECTION CHECKLIST
INTERACTIVE SUMMARY REPORT
DRAWING SET MARK-UPS
AVAILABLE VIRTUAL MEETING
All-digital mark-ups makes understanding comments easy.
Discuss drawing comments with a simple screen share.
DISCOVER ISSUES BEFORE THEY BECOME PROBLEMS
SetGuard™ is the proven system that effectively provides comprehensive review, project insights, and risk reduction.
All SetGUARD™ peer reviews include:
DRAWING INSPECTION CHECKLIST
INTERACTIVE REPORT SUMMARY
DRAWING SET MARK-UPS & FEEDBACK
AVAILABLE VIRTUAL MEETING
Every peer review undergoes our proprietary inspection checklist to ensure industry-standard conventions have been met.
Skwerl processes your drawing set, extracting relevant metrics including drawing counts, feedback trends, and estimates.
Skwerl's team of licensed architects will review all your work and provide objective comments and feedback.
Still have a question? Your Skwerl Rep is available to resolve any outstanding questions with real-time screen sharing.
THE SetGUARD™ PROCESS
The most cost-effective risk-reduction strategy
We are unique in our approach to peer review services. We function in a work-group format with at least two separate, industry veterans involved on each project. This provides continuity through the review process for communications in addition to a level of redundancy to ensure a proper review. It also permits us to have a quality assurance process with checks and balances of our own work.
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Our SetGUARD™ process includes the complete review of all discipline drawings and specifications to identify interdisciplinary coordination issues, identification of constructability items, reference checks, ADA/Code plan review, and field review to assist in the elimination of potential conflicts, reduction in time-consuming questions during construction, and potential change order claims.
The focus of a constructability review is on the completeness of the plans and detailing, the logic of detailing for scheduling of trades, the logic of construction phasing, and general bid-ability and build-ability.
Conflicts tend to occur based on poor coordination between disciplines – architectural, structural, civil, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, telecom, equipment, landscape and specialty consultants.
Detailed to prevent water leaks & air infiltration.
Staging, storage and construction phasing considered.
Review of material compatibility and proper usage.
Accounts for over 50% of errors and omissions.
Identification of drawing set inconsistencies.
Verification of all tags and drawing references.
Code Compliance Review
LEED - Title 24 - Green Standards
Codes are the minimum standard for structural safety, fire and life safety, materials standards, basic ADA accessibility standards, “green” design and “healthy” buildings for human occupancy. Local Building Departments check for these issues only – and not whether you can actually build it from the drawings.
Green Codes, LEED, and Title 24 advocate for a holistic design methodology by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality.
Accessibility (ADA) & Life-Safety Review
General Notes & Specifications
Accessibility and life-safety reviews focus on compliance concerns regarding the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) as well as the California Building Code, Chapter 11A. Furthermore, we investigate required egress & life-safety mandates as determined by IBC, CBC, or any other local AHJ (authority having jurisdiction).
Comprehensive review of all technical project specifications, including bidding and contract forms, in accordance with the format of Construction Specification Institute (CSI) to ensure proper coordination between drawing documents and written specs. Additionally, a detailed review of the construction documents general notes.
Sizing of corridors / stairs/ doors based on occupant load.
Common path of egress travel.
Required clearances and areas of refuge.
General Notes review: notes that apply to the entire work.
Confirm the 4 C's: Clear, Concise, Correct, Complete.
Identify potential missing scope or improper language.
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Communication around review objective, expected time frames, and scope focus.
Discuss estimated hours to complete review, and agree on overall quantity.
CODE & ZONING
Investigation and verification of all zoning and building code issues.
Secondary review of drawing set and findings by separate architect.
Based on review findings, relevant data is extracted from drawing set.
Skwerl Rep is available to resolve any outstanding questions with real-time screen sharing.
Drawing set PDF, consultant drawings, & project specifications shared with Skwerl.
Review and execute proposal for Skwerl to begin review process.
Review of all drawings with a focus on identifying building conflicts and errors.
All identified mark-ups and findings are consolidated into one single PDF file.
Summary is created to communicate findings and enable labor resource prioritization.
Determine the next opportunity to repeat success.
HOW OUR REPORTS ACTUALLY HELP
Skwerl is the ONLY source for data-driven report summaries that can provide meaningful insights. Skwerl processes your drawing set, extracting relevant metrics including drawing counts, feedback trends, and estimates. We then communicate the embedded information through a series of interactive graphs and fields that will help you quickly understand the review results, as well as how you might prioritize your strategy to resolve outstanding issues.
CATEGORIZATION OF SHEETS BY SEVERITY
BREAKDOWN OF COMMENTS BY TYPE
TIME ESTIMATES TO RESOLVE ISSUES
COUNT OF CRITICAL ITEMS :
- CODE ISSUES
- DESIGN CONFLICTS
- MISSING DETAILS
Agency Permits /
03 - Submission
01 - Preliminary
02 - Process
During the first phase, the experts examine the progress construction plans carefully as it is easier to fix major interferences and constructability issues at this point. Also, they look for accessibility and life safety issues alongside preparatory constructability and can prevent costly re-design later.
Completed at this phase of construction documents, the review aims to identify the finer constructability and coordination issues by reviewing the architecture, the structure and all the engineering plans and specs all at once by a single multidisciplinary team.
As a final safeguard, this process makes sure that the majority of issues have been identified and resolved successfully. This review is the most detailed in scope as the project's definition should be fully expressed both in drawings & project specifications.
Protect Your Reputation
WE'RE HERE TO FIND YOUR DRAWING'S ERRORS AND OMISSIONS - SO YOUR CONTRACTOR DOESN'T.
Avoid Contractor Change Orders
A common industry tactic of general contractors is to undercut their bids, with the intent of making their profit margin from the inevitable change orders (which are commonly found within construction documents). The cost of pro actively avoiding change orders through a comprehensive, 3rd-party review is exponentially smaller than the costly burden of contractors discovering avoidable problems in the field.
Prevent Budget / Cost Overruns
Unnecessary change orders and other mistakes found in the field often exceed budget contingencies, and trigger a series of even more costly events including value engineering, additional design fees, project development / construction delays, and may even put project financing at risk. Due to the oppositional nature of the Design-Bid-Build model, this chain of events often introduces litigation and questions of liability.
Maintain Design Intent
When drawing errors result in cost overruns, capped project funds must be reallocated. MEP and structural components are difficult to eliminate or modify, therefore design features are typically the first to be sacrificed in value engineering and austerity efforts.
Avoid Unnecessary Value Engineering
Firms have reported no resistance from their clients to the implementation of constructability reviews, probably due to the proven cost savings that are achieved. These same firms were also nearly unanimous in their agreement that Value Engineering (VE), is not a substitute for constructability reviews. VE can be a painful process of austerity, sacrificing the client’s desire in order to satisfy an unnecessary budget overrun.
Avoid Soft-Cost Overruns
Often some redesign expense can be disputed should the architect’s contract not specifically address the issuance of revisions required to reduce costs. While this is the case, the process can be drawn out and expensive. Proactively identifying costly errors before issuing construction documents the first time avoids the need to return to the drawing board.
Fulfill Your Insurance Requirements
TPPR (Third Party Peer Review) is generally an underwriting requirement for many insurance policies such as WRAP coverage, Owner Controlled Insurance Programs (OCIPs), and Contractor Controlled Insurance Programs (CCIPs). This will ensure peer review of the design documentation at various milestones in the project utilizing a unique and proven offering (SetGuard™) to identify design conflicts, missing details, and incorrect information.
Avoid Expensive Litigation
Nobody wants to get sued. Identify issues before they become problems.
Demonstrate a Commitment to Quality
We encourage our clients to clearly show our services and qualifications within their fee proposals and your response to Client's RFP. This shows both your firm's commitment to quality control and will potentially lead to your being omitted from an Owner-contracted Construction Manager constructability / peer review.
Protect Your Reputation
Nothing is more embarrassing than an unnecessary change orders. Our peer review process can help your credibility with clients by helping you find and address potential flaws in your construction documents before bidding and construction. Maintain your firm's positive reputation and increase the likelihood of repeat business and referrals.
Peace of Mind - Risk Reduction
Architects work in an environment of constant change and are often pressed to meet unrealistic project deadlines. Skwerl was developed by architects, for architects, because we believe that you deserve someone in your corner watching out for your best interests. We all make mistakes, but aggressive schedules and last minute changes shouldn’t prevent you from feeling confident in your submissions.
So what does it cost? We work with you to develop a proposal that fits any project's budget and exceeds expectations.
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Never hesitate to find out how much a review will cost. Just send us your drawings, and we're happy to develop a review proposal free of charge.
SET YOUR OWN BUDGET
Constricted by a tight project budget but still want to provide the best quality drawings possible? Simply share with us what you can afford and we can prioritize our focus based on your budget needs.
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