|Re: site supervision||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: PattyMara (PattyMaraaol.com)|
|Date: Tue, 9 Feb 1999 17:15:18 -0600|
In a message dated 2/9/99 12:30:38 PM Pacific Standard Time, NKaten947 [at] aol.com writes: << We are getting ready to break ground at the end of April! We are wondering how other groups handle site supervision during construction. The proposal from our project manager is to be here once a month. We would like to know how much on site supervision other groups have felt they needed. >> At Tierra Nueva Cohousing on the Central California Coast we had a project manager who came from out of state, once a month or so, to do site supervision, with the group taking responsibility to have one member on call to handle questions that arose, and to be the single point of contact between members and our contractor, architect and engineer. It was woefully inadequate, in my opinion. We had a good relationship with our contractor, not so good communication or relationship with our architect and a nebulous interaction with our engineers who kept changing personnel midway through major phases of the project. The result was a mixture of decisions that were made that were made by the seat of their collective pants, without much group interaction. Sometimes the "single point of contact" member from the group worked okay, and sometimes it didn't. It was a difficult role, too much for a layman to take on, and often the group broke the rules and spoke with the professionals directly, which was counter effective. Bottom line, there was no one on site daily, throughout the construction process that looked out for our interests alone. There should have been someone there, full time, who was a project manager by trade who knew the local building regulations, county requirements and political currents. In my opinion, it would have been worth every dollar it cost, in terms of savings from cost overruns and costs of replacing elements that were installed that may need to be removed or altered (site lighting, handicap railing etc). Hire a project manager. Patty Mara Gourley Tierra Nueva Cohousing
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