On any architectural project, there’s a lot of coordination that’s required. Much of it has to do with the traditional trades that architects are used to working with. Systems like mechanical, electrical, plumbing, structural and landscaping are commonly arbitrated by the architect during design. But today’s technology-rich projects, there’s a lot more to be coordinated that architects aren’t normally trained for—much of it having to do with low-voltage, network-based building systems. Some of these are:
- AV Systems
- Sound Masking
- HVAC & Building Automation
- Fire and Life Safety
- Lighting Control
Different consultants may handle each of these trades, and these consultants may or may not be coordinating among themselves. Therefore, much of the coordination task falls on the project architect who has enough to worry about among the traditional systems trades, much less the more technological ones.
We can help by providing knowledgeable coordination among these trades including:
- Coordination and conflict arbitration among technology consultants and contractors including coordination of demarcation lists for various consultants whose scopes could overlap.
- MasterFormat 2004 specifications reviews to identify coordination issues and potential contractual conflicts due to the new hierarchies created in the new structure (especially in Division 27).
- Space planning assistance for consolidation or sharing of technology spaces.
- Interior plan and elevation coordination for technology peripherals on walls, floors and ceilings.
- Work with the LEED team to help coordinate efficiencies among multiple building technologies.
Let us know how we can help. We don’t provide systems design when engaged on a project under this role to allow for objectivity in coordinating the various technologies.