Mar 15, 2022
While most of the architect’s work is done before any building begins, our consistent presence during the construction phase is equally important. During this phase, we visit the jobsite at regular intervals to answer questions from the general contractor and proactively address potential issues. The frequency of our site visits could be weekly or monthly depending on the project and our client’s needs, but it is vital for us to keep an eye on things to ensure the finished project meets our client’s expectations. Inevitably, some decisions must be made or modified in the field, and our involvement and ability to work quickly with contractors to solve problems is essential for helping our clients avoid costly delays and change orders. During construction administration, the architect’s role is that of an advisor to the owner. At our site visits, we will take photos and write field reports to document the progress, confirm the materials and workmanship are of the quality agreed to, and verify that contractors’ billings accurately reflect the work completed. At the end of the project, we help our clients develop a final punch list to ensure all work is completed to their satisfaction.