The CA and TC should have a relatively minor involvement in the construction process. The primary responsibility of performing construction inspection should remain with the project manager and design professionals.

The CA’s and TC’s involvement is that of a second set of eyes in relation to the design professionals and project manager. They should become aware of how and where systems are going in, which allows the TC to interface the testing, balancing, and commissioning functions into the project schedule so all work can be completed before owner occupancy.

Basic CA service includes periodic site visits and scheduling the owner’s staff participation in the commissioning activity. During this time the CA will relay any supplemental observations of construction activities to either the construction manager, the design professionals, or the owner for attention and remedy.

Detailed punch lists, enforcement of contractor work to meet the schedule, or other activities required to bring the job to a state of completeness prior to testing, balancing, and commissioning are not intended, but may be necessary to meet the owner’s occupancy date.

The CA’s site inspections are primarily focused on ensuring that the systems being installed are accessible and lend themselves to being tested, commissioned, and maintained once the job is complete. Often general contractors will indicate the work is done when, in fact, perhaps the power is not connected, or the controls that make it function are not ready.

False starts create delays and frustration.

It is the CA’s responsibility to inform the owner of whether the contractor is meeting the schedule. Often there will be a disagreement between the contractor and the CA with regard to how well the contractor is meeting the schedule.

Although this can place the CA in an uncomfortable position, it is the CA’s responsibility to always give the owner an honest and unbiased analysis of the situation.

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