Uniting the AEC Industry in Construction Administration During a Global Pandemic: Webinar Recording and Notes

On Friday, April 3, 2020, AIA Virginia, ACEC Virginia, and AGC Virginia collaborated to host an online panel discussion on construction administration.

Nea Poole, AIA | Poole & Poole Architecture
Pat Harrigal | Mason and Hanger
Bill Paulette | KBS

Moderated by: Ed Gillikin, AIA | KOP Architects

Listen to the webinar below and read key takeaways below.

Key Takeaways

  • Communication, relationships, and trust are critical during this period.
  • Firms have been relying heavily on technology to manage site visits, inspections, team meetings, and client communication.
  • Panelists and attendees reported some success with Skype and FaceTime for QC, in-wall, and above-ceiling inspections.
  • It was suggested that it be noted in pay apps that inspections were handled by photos or video calls.
  • In areas where it is still permitted, construction in generally proceeding with only minor delays in schedule. This may change moving forward.
  • In general, state and local public bodies have adapted quickly and are being very supportive regarding permitting, certificates of occupancy, and inspections.
  • Protective measures for staff can vary depending on the site. Hand washing, disinfectants, and social distancing remain critical.
  • There has been some focus on providing hand-washing stations on job sites.
  • Panelists and attendees reported that RFIs are proceeding without much change.
  • Some firms are conducting work or inspections in shifts.
  • Some firms are conducting punch list visits after hours.
  • Some firms are clearing areas of personnel during inspections to reduce exposure.
  • Some firms are using the Build Up app for punch lists.
  • Some healthcare work has accelerated.
  • It is anticipated that state and local government work will slow due to budget shortfalls.

Webinar: Uniting the AEC Industry in Construction Administration During a Global Pandemic

This webinar will engage members of the general contracting, engineering, and architecture communities in a moderated panel discussion to share how we can unite to adequately complete construction phase services during these changing times. Architects and engineers are typically responsible for making regularly scheduled construction site observations on behalf of the Owner to ensure the construction is occurring in accordance with the design documents. General contractors manage all aspects of the construction site and are a vital component in delivering the project to the Owner. Communication and collaboration are more important now than ever before. A discussion will be held on how each party’s obligations during construction have adapted to keep team members safe from COVID-19. Learn about what is working well and best practices in integrating technology into the process.

Learning Objectives

During a pandemic, where travel is limited if not halted:

  • Understand the shifts in construction processes and scheduling while managing stakeholder expectations during a global pandemic
  • Determine how architects can verify that life safety systems (fire alarm and fire sprinkler) and building systems are installed and commissioned to operate as designed before turning the building over to the Owner
  • Through the use of technology, facilitate the acceptance of installed building elements that have a direct correlation with flame spread and smoke passage in the event of a building fire
  • Create and deploy enhanced quality control mechanisms during the erection of structural systems and building envelope to prevent water infiltration and structural compromise/failures

Earn 1 AIA/CES learning unit (HSW)

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Non-members: $100

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