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Oh yes, the dreaded plan review. Dreaded by who you ask? Well, I think there is a list of people that simply don’t care for the plan review process. Fortunately they are few an far between,…..maybe. Luckily most actually appreciate the extra set of eyes looking over things. Still, two main groups certainly have a stake in the game.
Let’s start with the design professionals. They often have months, if not years involved in the planning and design phase for their projects. Now they have to be scrutinized by a plan reviewer who may or may not agree with their work and may or may not want changes, creating more work. Most design professionals that I know welcome the plan review process and are happy to have a fresh set of eyes on their work to ensure a better level of quality control. Others of course may simply find that the system is nothing more than a delay and nothing more than a waste of time. After all, who wants their work scrutinized!
Then there is the contractor. The contractor just wants to start the job and this can be perceived as just another delay in that process. After all, they already went through the plans in order to bid the job. If the reviewer finds problems, they may have to change their bid. Uh, oh, that’s no good. Right?
In my opinion, plan review is a necessary part of the process to help ensure a code compliant design which will help to minimize surprises during the construction and inspection phases. The problem is always where do you draw the line with how much information the reviewer wants on the plans.
Personally, I see a two fold problem that is always a delicate balance for the reviewer. First, asking for too much information. This really gets owners and sometimes design professionals a little cranky because we are now delaying things and driving up the cost of the design. If we don’t ask for enough information, we risk the contractor not being aware of certain requirements and the first thing out of their mouths is “But it wasn’t on the prints!” Finding a balance between these two points is always a struggle.
I find that good communication with reasons “why” to both the design professional and contractor are key to a better understanding which often leads to a smoother, and therefore faster plan review. Our company, Advanced Code Group, for example uses a plan review checklist that is downloadable for anyone that wants it. This checklist helps to eliminate guess work and expedites the plan review process once the drawings are received. There are many factors in the plan review process, depending on the scope of the project and in the end, we are all human and this is still a personal service. We must all work together in order to make life easy for all of us.
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Advanced Code Group is available to perform plan review services at all levels. We perform work for municipalities and architectural and engineering firms. Feel free to contact Advanced Code Group if you would like to discuss our plan review services.