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RFI : "Embeds for the roof screen wall support column bases were set per unapproved shop drawings in the interest of schedule. Please provide a detail for attaching the column base plates with drilled epoxy inserts."
Possible response: Contractor shall engage engineer to design a correction to this placement mistake and propose an alternate sketch for the engineer of record to review.
RFI : "Please approve, in concept, an alternate door and frame manufacturer. Specific detailed shop drawings and specs will follow after this approval."
Possible response: Contractor shall submit a substitution request form per the specifications.
RFI : "The plans call for a rated gypsum ceiling at areas with the steel beam and metal deck floor system. Is this rated ceiling for the beams only or does the metal deck/concrete floor system need protection as well? If the metal deck/concrete floor system does not require additional fire protection, then a cost savings could be reviewed to install fire protection at the beams and columns only."
Possible response: The rated ceilings will be constructed per plans and specifications.
RFI : "Building 'B' had Type 1A windows added to the West elevation in CB#08 in BP02. These windows are shown in CB#08 as 8'-0" tall. CB#11 was issued combining BP02 and BP03. Window 1A was changed in CB#11 with notation. Can you clarify why this window was changed and where this change was noted in the CB process."
Possible response: Revised CB#08 supplemental drawings were issued to the contractor on 10/20/06 addressing the change to the west windows.
RFI : " Masonry subcontractor is behind schedule. EIFS subcontractor wishes to proceed on schedule rather than wait for mason. Is this okay?"
Possible response: Contractor is responsible for coordinating and sequencing subcontractor's work in the best interest of the project .
RFI : " To avoid undue winter costs, we prefer to backfill the foundation prior to installation of first floor framing. Please provide temporary shoring detail."
Possible response: Contractor is responsible for means, methods, techniques, sequencing and procedures. Contractor shall retain design professional services to provide details .
WHAT is an RFI ... and what basic information should be included in the format?
To avoid misunderstandings , it is important that the contract administrator (the architect) answer questions from the job site through proper communication channels in writing, and within a specified time frame.
Requests for information are generally handled by an RFI form, which usually is provided by the general contractor and submitted to the construction administrator (the architect).
WHY do we use RFI's?
Errors & Omissions : integral part of the Standard of Care
Every practitioner makes E&O’s and AIA documents anticipate this
... the architect's instruments of service will always require some measure of interpretation and clarification when they are used for construction….