DESIGN SHADOW: ADDITIONAL SCOPE

Often during the construction administration period (“CA“) or after a project is installed and “finished,” the client will often find things that they want to add to the project. This can be because things aren’t working as planned, or there were items they didn’t think they needed, but now do. These might be items that …

DESIGN SHADOW: PROJECT DOCUMETATION

Since I have spent the last number of weeks on a job site managing and completing the installation of a project, it’s now time to complete the record keeping part of the project…the part that we never talk about in school. Most commercial clients like a type of product specification and material/finish binder – architectural …

DESIGN SHADOW: MILLWORK SHOP DRAWING REVIEW

Today I worked on redlining  a portion of the 200 + pages of mill-work/casework shop drawings (it will actually take a couple days to make it through them.) Shop drawings come to us after a contractor has selected the sub-contractor that will be doing the woodwork/mill-work the job. They take our drawings and specifications and …

DESIGN SHADOW: OLD SCHOOL FURNITURE MAKING

I spent the day on the road traveling around the valley to various furniture workers that I am using on some projects. The purpose of the visits were to inspect the quality of the work, answers questions of the fabricators and just plain see how the furniture is coming along. It is a very exciting thing …

DESIGN SHADOW ON RFI’S

It’s crunch time. Installation is just weeks away, and we have a building to finish. Day after day I am spending time at the project site, on the phone, or answering official RFI’s submitted by the GC’s team. All with the intent to help to keep the contractor moving and ensure they meet their completion schedule. …

BENTLEY CARPET MILLS – ALL CARPET IS THE SAME, RIGHT?

An Architect told me in passing a couple weeks ago, ” all carpet is the same, right?” Well…it’s not. It may all be used primarily on the floor and all be somewhat fuzzy and soft, but carpet is not all the same. Yarn DNA, dyes, production methods and durability…are some of the ways that soft product under foot …