Perform site visits to verify and document compliance with the Contract Documents and the Owner’s Project Requirements. Coordination of the scheduling of these building enclosure system visits should involve the contractors, manufacturers, and consultants in relation to the project schedule.

Perform site observations to coordinate with specific installation of enclosure details, including field mock-ups, start-up of trades, complex details, field testing and problematic installations. BES recommends a minimum of (1) site visit per week depending on completion schedules.

Document site observations and testing, promptly identifying issues or  non-compliance issues on the project AOC Log.

Field Testing Observation (by others)
Performance mock up and field test execution. Testing is to be conducted in accordance with the specifications and observed and/or performed by the BES and project design team.

Show locations of the building enclosure field performance tests on project drawings, specifically on exterior elevations and roof / waterproofing

Document the test results, including re-verification that the test standards and performance criteria adapted by the testing agency prior to and during testing are consistent with the criteria established in the contract documents for the project and appropriate for the building enclosure material, component, system or assembly to be tested. Document whether a test passed or failed, and any remedial action that was completed during the test, and the applicability of said remedial action to similar building enclosure systems or assemblies that may exist at other locations throughout the project. The number of all tests completed is to be noted, together with a list of names and contact information for all witnesses to each test.

BES performs field testing services for all project types. For wood framed multifamily projects, BES recommends that a minimum of (10%) of the balconies at each building be flood tested at the waterproofing installation prior to exterior finish covering layers. Should water penetration be observed at the test locations, BES recommends that an additional (4) test be performed for every observed failure.

BES also recommends that window testing be implemented across each multifamily project. Testing is recommended to occur at 5%, 50% and 90% completion of the window installations throughout the progression of work. Should water penetration be observed at the test locations, BES recommends that an additional (2) test be performed for every observed failure.

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Construction Observer (CO) ▼

During the Design Phase of the project delivery process, a design that satisfies the Owner’s Project Requirements is developed and translated into Construction Contract Documentation.

Consultant ▼

The term used to designate the consultant(s) retained by the Owner for specialty design and/or contract administration.

Plans ▼

The term used to describe the group or set of project-specific drawings that are included in the Contract Documents.

Drawing ▼

A page or sheet of the Plans which presents a graphic representation, usually drawn to scale, showing the technical information, design, location, and dimensions of various elements of the Work. The graphic representations include, but are not limited to, plan views, elevations, transverse and longitudinal sections, large- and small-scale sections and details, isometrics, diagrams, schedules, tables, and/or pictures.

Project ▼

The term used instead of the specific or proper assigned title of the entire undertaking which includes, but is not limited to, the Work described by the Contract Documents.

Construction ▼

The term used to include new construction, reconstruction, renovation, remediation, restoration, major repair, demolition, and all similar work upon buildings and ancillary facilities, including any draining, dredging, excavation, grading, or similar work upon real property.

Construction Field Directive ▼

A written order issued by a member of the Design Team which directs the Contractor to commence a change in design or amending an allowance incorporated in a Contract Price. The Construction Field Directive can be issued prior to an agreement by the Contractor to the cost of the work. A Change Order will be issued once agreement regarding cost and time is reached.

Construction Observer (CO) ▼

One or more persons employed by the Owner or Contract Administrator to inspect the Work on behalf of the Owner and to document and maintain records of activities at the Site to the extent required by the Owner. The Owner shall notify the Contractor in writing of the appointment of such Construction Observer(s). The scope of the CO’s authority with respect to the Contractor is limited to that indicated in Sections 16(e) and (f) and as supplemented by the Owner in writing to the CO, which shall be copied to the Contractor.

Contract ▼

The term “Contract” shall be interchangeable with the term “Contract Documents. Contract Completion Date: The date by which the Work must be available to the Owner for inspection to determine whether the work has reached Substantial Completion. The Contract Completion Date is customarily established in the Notice to Proceed, based on the Time for Completion. In some instances, however, the Contract contains a mandatory Contract Completion Date.

Contract Documents ▼

The Contract Between Owner and Contractor signed by the Owner and the Contractor and any documents expressly incorporated therein. Such incorporated documents customarily include, but are not limited to, the bid submitted by the Contractor, the General Conditions, any Supplemental General Conditions, any Special Conditions, the plans and the specifications, and all modifications, including addenda and subsequent Change Orders.

Contract Price ▼

The total compensation payable to the Contractor for performing the Work, subject to modification by Change Order.

Contractor ▼

The business entity providing all labor, materials, equipment, and services to complete the Work as specified in the Contract Documents.

Day(s) ▼

Calendar day(s) unless otherwise noted in the contract documents.

Defective ▼

An adjective which, when modifying the word “Work,” refers to Work that is faulty or deficient or does not conform to the Contract Documents.

Design Team ▼

The design professionals contracted with the Owner to provide design, engineering, architectural, consulting, and/or contract administration services for the Project as specified in the Supplemental General Conditions. The term includes any associates or subconsultants employed by the Design Team to assist in providing the design services.

Design Team Lead: ▼

The person or entity who shall be responsible for all communications on behalf of the Design Team.

Provide ▼

Shall mean “to furnish and install ready for its intended use.”

Safety Plan ▼

A plan developed by the Contractor or Subcontractor in compliance with Federal, State, and local codes to provide safe working conditions on-site and to protect the general public from the

Site ▼

Shall mean “the location at which the Work is performed or is to be performed.”

Specifications ▼

That part of the Contract Documents containing the written administrative requirements and the technical descriptions of materials, equipment, construction systems, standards, and workmanship that describe the proposed Work in sufficient detail and provide sufficient information for the Building Official to determine code compliance and for the Contractor to perform the Work. (The General Conditions, any Supplemental General Conditions, various bidding information, and instructions and blank copies of various forms to be used during the execution of the Work shall be bound with the Specifications.)

Subcontractor ▼

A business entity having a direct contract with the Contractor or with any other Subcontractor for the performance of the Work. Subcontractor includes any business entity who provides on-site labor but does not include any business entity who only furnishes or supplies materials for the Project.

Submittals ▼

All shop, fabrication, setting and installation drawings, diagrams, illustrations, schedules, samples, and other data required by the Contract Documents that are specifically prepared by or for the Contractor to illustrate some portion of the Work and all illustrations, brochures, standard schedules, performance charts, instructions, diagrams, and other information prepared by a Supplier and submitted by the Contractor to illustrate material or equipment conformance of some portion of the Work with the requirements of the Contract Documents.

Emergency ▼

Any unforeseen situation, combination of circumstances, or a resulting state that poses imminent danger to health, life, or property.

Fall Protection Plan ▼

A plan developed by the Contractor or Subcontractor conforming to Federal, State, Provincial, and local codes to protect employees from falling and to protect the general public from falling objects. The Contract Administrator shall review the Fall Protection Plan. A copy of the Fall Protection Plan shall be maintained in the Job Log.

Float ▼

The excess time included in a construction schedule to accommodate such items as inclement weather and associated delays, equipment failures, and other such unscheduled events. It is the contingency time associated with a path or chain of activities and represents the amount of time by which the early finish date of an activity may be delayed without impacting the critical path and delaying the overall completion of the Project. Any difference in time between the Contractor’s approved early completion date and the Contract Completion Date shall be considered a part of the Project Float.

Float, Free ▼

The time (in days) by which an activity may be delayed or lengthened without impacting the start day of any activity following in the chain.

Float, Total ▼

The difference (in days) between the maximum time available within which to perform an activity and the duration of an activity. It represents the time by which an activity may be delayed or lengthened without impacting the Time for Completion or the Contract Completion Date