CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT DD1 aids general planning

It is important for control of construction and renovation project budgets, quality, and effectiveness that the building design be completed, PRIOR TO START OF CONSTRUCTION.

This checklist assists  Construction Management and Building Owners to understand what they can expect from the General / Structural section of the Design Development Phase of Building Design. (Trade Checklist is provided at DD2 )


Designers shall prepare the Design Development Documents from the approved Schematic Design. The Documents shall consist of drawings and other documents to describe the size and character of the entire project as to kinds of materials, type of structure, mechanical and electrical systems, and other work that may be required for construction of the project

During the preparation of the Design Development Drawings, the Designer will meet with the Project Manager, Building Committee, Facilities Services, Environmental Health and Safety, to determine specific and detailed requirements of all spaces in the proposed building and surrounding site requirements.

The mechanical and electrical systems to serve the building shall be determined during this period and shall be described in the Design Development Documents.

The Designers study and analysis during this phase shall be in such detail that all data is sufficient to begin construction drawings, when so directed, without additional consultation with the using departments.

All sustainability or LEED goals shall be determined, identified in the Documents and integrated into the Cost/Budget Estimate in the Design Development Submittal.

All substantial design decisions and budget confirmation shall be resolved for the College to approve the Design Development Submittal.


In addition to that required in the Schematic Design Submittal, the following shall, as a minimum, be provided as part of the Design Development submittal. The building designers may submit additional information as appropriate.

Drawings shall include:

All drawings submitted to Building Management shall be dated, show scale and orientation of drawing, and shall carry the title of the project and the Designers. Each project is given an official title, which must be used with consistency on all documents.

A Code Compliance information tabulation identifying Occupancy Type and Construction Type allowable and actual calculations in sufficient detail to support the specific design. Additional Code excerpts shall be included as applicable. The Code Compliance must be reviewed and accepted by the Building Official prior to submittal of the package to the Manager.

Drawings shall be at the same scale as that to be used for the Construction Documents drawings, normally not less than 1/8″ = 1′ – 0″. These drawings shall develop the design approved in the Schematic Design Phase. They shall show all room and space uses, including location of items of fixed equipment and major pieces of movable equipment whether Owner or Contractor supplied.

Basic structural, mechanical and electrical systems shall be determined and shown on the drawings

Program room numbers and computed net areas of rooms shall be shown.

Elevations and sections shall be developed to a degree that illustrates the range of materials, final appearance and nature of the structure of the building.

A site plan shall show necessary utility lines and connections, including:

Show property lines, streets, roads, sidewalks, access routes, curbs, curb cuts, building location, future additions, existing buildings, driveways, parking lot layout, walks, steps, ramps, fences, gates and walls.

Provide dimensions for all setbacks and where exterior wall/opening protection may be required.

Any required associated variance shall be obtained and recorded.

Floor Plan(s)

Provide overall building and basic room dimensions.

Room names and numbers, and cross references to enlarged plans (as applicable)

Room Finish Schedule. The room numbering shall be finalized.

Floor elevations, ramps, and stairs with dimension of enclosures and risers/treads in plan and section

Indicate existing and new walls. Show all fire rated corridors, occupancy separations, area separation, shaft enclosures, etc.

Doors with door numbers and associated hardware schedules.

Windows and glazed opening sizes, particularly of operable vents; required fire ratings, if applicable

Toilet Rooms: Identify plumbing fixtures, stalls, accessories and cross-references to enlarged plans (as applicable).

Miscellaneous: Locate drinking fountains, folding partitions, fire extinguisher cabinets, elevators, etc.

Show drainage direction, crickets and skylights; roof drains, overflow drains, scuppers, etc. and all points of on-grade discharge. Identify roofing materials, minimum roof pitch. On surface mounted gutters, show the gutters, collection boxes, downspouts and point of discharge. Identify the relative elevation of the roof drainage surfaces.

Exterior Elevations

Show floor elevations, finish grades and vertical dimensions of the building elements, floors, ceilings, and openings.

Show roof slope, door and window locations. Indicate all materials and, on addition Projects, graphically differentiate between existing and new.

Building Sections

Show vertical dimensions relating to floor, ceiling, roof height and openings.

Note and indicate all materials and extent of the fire rated assemblies.

Reflected Ceiling Plan

Indicate ceiling materials. Show proposed ceiling, lighting, grilles/registers, acoustic panels, access panels, etc locations: coordinate the layout with all Consultants.

Enlarged Floor Plan(s) and Section(s) (as applicable)

Toilet Room Plans: Show plumbing fixtures, accessories, stall layout and handicap accessibility. Verify plumbing fixture count with local Code Official and Owner’s Representative, particularly on renovation and addition Project.

Kitchens: Provide a commercial kitchen equipment plan and schedule when applicable.

Elevator Section(s): Show vertical/horizontal dimensions and hand/guardrail design.

Schedules for:

Doors, windows and associated frames including required fire ratings and hardware groups.

Room Finish Schedule.

Wall/Partition Types and Rated Assemblies

Provide a legend identifying the materials used and fire/acoustic rating as applicable. Properly cross reference to the plans and sections.

Structural Notes

Live Loads: Floor, stairs, corridors, roof, snow, earthquake and wind.

Dead Loads: Material weight, mechanical and electrical weight, wet-pipe or dry-pipe fire sprinkler system, and soil bearing pressure.

Materials Strength: Concrete, masonry, steel and wood.

Foundation design based on Soils Report.

Provide Foundation Plan and Structural Plan that include floor, roof and wall construction.

In buildings containing sensitive equipment, Designers shall incorporate vibration analysis and mitigation appropriate to the projects requirements.

Technical Specifications:

A specification (based on Schematic Design Phase outline) listing the major components of the design is required including a description of the items of equipment that will be required to be furnished by the Contractor.

The Building Designers shall provide a list of materials or equipment items that are being proposed.

Product data and technical information shall be provided for materials and systems recently developed, showing specific performance criteria, or unfamiliar to the Facility Management Staff.

Cost Estimate

When required by the Agreement, Designers shall prepare a statement of probable construction cost for  the Project based on the Design Development Documents.

Appropriate amounts for contingency and inflation shall be included in the construction estimate to reflect anticipated condition at the time of bidding.

When the Building Owner/Building Manager employs an independent Cost Consultant or Construction Manager/General Contractor, the Designers shall review the Cost Consultant’s reports and notify the Owner in writing if the Designers take exception to any item or items in said reports. These cost issues will be discussed and resolved, The documents shall be revised as required to correspond to the budget estimate with no additional charges.

Energy Report

Designers shall prepare a report describing energy considerations and recommendations including building operations cost projections.