With plans and specifications someone outside of the commercial construction industry or someone who is not a Tulsa commercial contractor may wonder what clarifications or questions someone could have that wouldn’t be in the plans or specifications. As a Tulsa commercial contractor there are things that can be looked at and figure it out on site without asking the architect or engineer for clarification but when the question cannot be answered by the Tulsa commercial contractor and must be answered by the architect or engineer we send what is called a request for information or an RFI.
A request for information or an RFI is sent to the architect for items that or unclear on the plants are not covered in the specifications. Often times or if I was her soon for possibly on for scene items such as cover plates and receptacles in their color. There have been circumstances were the architect or and/or is it going I didn’t specify what color they wanted the switches the receptacles in those corresponding cover plates to be and we had to send a request for information to the owner so that those could be picked. In other cases, the request for information was for an item that was just overlooked.
For instants as a Tulsa commercial contractor the architect may specify that they want a pendant style electrical fixture which is a light fixture that hangs from the ceiling at a specific distance however if the roof where to slope upward in the middle or be what is called a vaulted ceiling and the architect were the specified pendant style lights then the architect would have a choice to make either have all of the pendant light fixtures be 6 foot in length and match the slope upwards of the roof or they could request The fixtures get longer they go on the roof so that the fixtures all hang the same distance from the floor but I have longer polls to reach the roof from where they’re hanging.
This may seem counterintuitive because usually the purpose of a vaulted ceiling is to give more room or the feeling of more openness and having those fixtures hanging down would seemingly cut the room off but we don’t always know the aesthetic or The look of the architect is going for when we are building a project. There are some cases where I domes or issues have arisen that have become more costly than previously anticipated and the architect needs to make a change in the change may affect other things that were not anticipated when the initial change was made.
An example of this for a Tulsa commercial contractor could be throughout the duration of the project the owner starts to notice that the rain water is not draining away as fast as I did before there was a concrete slab in the place where there is now and the owner may say well we need to come up with a a storm drainage system and to pay for that we need to create a savings in the other areas. A way to create those savings might be to say instead of putting down flooring we will just see all the concrete and leave all the floors bear.
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So the Tulsa commercial contractor but then ask for a deed from the flooring subcontractor and simultaneously ask for a price from a subcontractor capable of doing the storm drainage system and if those two prices are equal or at least a relatively close together The owner may agree to proceed with the storm drainage project. If the numbers are so different that the owner is not able to afford the storm drainage project, then he or she may have to spend more money or possibly just the difference.
Now in a case where the owner has decided to remove the flooring from the contract and the deduct was given to the Tulsa commercial contractor by the subcontractor and the amount was sufficient to pay for the storm drainage I had to keep the contract equal the Tulsa commercial contractor might run into areas where the architect was looking to match the rubber base with A carpet and wall color but now because the floor is it going to receive any carpet the base color hast to change because even if no flooring is going in a particular room or building most architects will still want at least some rubber base to hide the transition of the floor and walls.
And if an architect was expecting to have dark carpet or flooring and now that’s going to be gray concrete he may ask the Tulsa commercial contractor to provide a light colored base without picking or specifying a color and then intern a total commercial contractor may ask or submit a RFI or request for information to determine a manufacture for the rubber base that The architect is wanting.
Sometimes when questions arise about changes in condition the architect must be consulted. For instance if a person were going to have 6 foot tall windows and at the top of the window it was going to have External Insulation Finish System, or EIFS, and the owner or architect decide to shorten that window and there was a brick veneer below the EIFS so now the brick would have to course across the window, since the condition is changed and there may have to be a trim piece added or a piece of metal that is called a loose lintel to carry the brick over the window because aluminum can’t support the weight of modular brick and mortar would need to be used.
That decision or that question on how a Tulsa commercial contractor is supposed to achieve the requested shorter window and whether to carry on with the brick veneer or use EIFS would be asked in a formal RFI or request for information. Once the architect has consulted with the owner he may have to do a new rendering of the window to show the difference in a trim piece versus brick along with some price discrepancies that may come up the architect with then after a decision is made Go back to a Tulsa commercial contractor in answer the RFI with an RFI response.