There are few things more frustrating over the course of a construction project than to realize that the built facility does not meet the fundamental requirements set forth at the onset of the project. But even when the facility meets the fundamental requirements, it may do so in a less than ideal manner leaving owners and the project team a difficult choice; accept as-is or apply additional efforts to remediate the issues. The obvious solution is to avoid these situations by “doing it right the first time,” and that’s where thorough, comprehensive, and integrated design reviews demonstrate their value.
Design reviews are not all the same. A specific kind of design review is called a “peer review” where a third-party qualified professional architectural and engineering (A&E) firm is engaged to perform a review of the project’s A&Es design and engineering. The focus is to validate that the proposed design is based on sound engineering. It looks to verify the design is correct, code compliant, satisfies the project programming requirements, and is based on sound engineering principles and calculations.