What is the importance of construction administration on foodservice projects? Many firms, especially foodservice design and consulting firms, provide little to no construction administration. This has always been a mystery to us at SSA Foodservice Design + Consulting. So many things on foodservice projects have the potential to get derailed during the construction process. Foodservice projects have always had numerous items which require plumbing supply connections, plumbing drain connections, electrical connections, gas connections, refrigeration lines and sometimes steam lines. The precise design of the location of these utilities are paramount but field coordination and verification is vital to ensure an on-time, on-budget project. Therefore, it is vital to the succesful outcome of the construction phase of a project to provide regular site visits and progress observation as well as to field check each utility connection location.
At SSA Foodservice Design + Consulting we always include as part of our basic scope of service Construction Administration which includes site inspections and field verifications which have resulted in saving clients precise time and considerable cost. The fact is, in the history of our firm, we have never inspected a project site in which we verified the various stages of utility rough-in installations where we found everything to be in sync with the project documents. Usually we find several drains and electrical stub ups located improperly or missed completely by the trades. Of course, the accuracy of installing these utilities are the responsibility of the general contractor and their trades as is the cost to correct any defficiencies; however, in most cases the loss of time and delayed opening clearly impacts the clients' bottom line and often their credibility. On foodservice projects the foodservice design consultant should include in their scope of service providing such tasks as field inspections and utility installation verification to ensure (to the client) that the project is getting built as envisioned. Finding and identifying problems (early) during the Construction Administration phase is not an additional cost to the project but a true benefit to the client.