II ACTIONS IN THE PROJECT’S DESIGN PHASE(S)
GUIDELINES FOR SPECIFICATION INTEGRITY
A ASSESS THE PROJECT’S LIGHTING AND LIGHTING CONTROL BUDGET AND ESTABLISH PRODUCT QUALITY LEVEL.
1 Identify the level of luminaire system quality and cost desired by the Owner and supported by the budget.
a Make the Owner aware of tangible differences between various product quality levels.
b If necessary, provide the Owner examples of different levels of product quality (samples, installation, etc.) to assist in understanding both the benefits and limitations of various equipment designs.
2 Communicate directly with the Owner and principal decision-maker whenever possible, to minimize the chance for confusion or miscommunication.
3 Coordinate with project team in the preparation of lighting cost estimates/ budget:
a Clarify rationale for the project’s lighting and lighting control budget and identify various influences. Understand your role and formal responsibilities in meeting the lighting budget.
b Learn to recognize potential lighting related budget problems early in the design phase. Provide constructive suggestions to decision-maker for addressing problems. Possible signals that there could be a problem include:
• No information available as to the lighting hardware cost or budget
• Fixture packaging • Products that do not match the lighting quality • Regional influences in pricing • Continued Value Engineering throughout the duration of a project phase
• General Contractor in place very early in the project. Note: be sure to discuss and agree upon specifications and procurement methods
• Teammembers learn of budget issues thru the Electrical Contractor, instead of via the owner/client and/or thru project team channels
4 Evaluate and update costs on an add and deduct basis for the lighting products you are planning on specifying to minimize later budget problems.
5 Identify construction bidding format (guaranteed maximum price, competitive bid, unit pricing, etc.) and its possible impact on your design process.
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