Pre-construction planning is critical to the overall success of both new and renovation building projects. Plumbing, electrical, HVAC and indoor air quality are major elements that must be included in pre-construction design and site logistics.
Architects, engineers and other members of the pre-construction team work together to ensure that all elements of the design are synergistically planned to reduce costs and increase efficient use of space. Commercial plumbing professionals collaborate with other technical experts as part of a design assist services team.
There are several steps that are part of pre-construction plumbing services. The commercial plumbing team first works with clients and the design team to identify needs, understand the client’s budget and complete a risk assessment.
The team then works with architects and engineers to most effectively position plumbing features such as piping, sewage, underground pipework, water supply, internal facilities and control centers. These plumbing features are integrated into the design to optimize use of space, minimize maintenance and lower operation costs.
A professional commercial plumbing contractor must make sure that all local, state and federal codes and regulations are followed in the design and operation of plumbing works. Special equipment and materials required for construction will be ordered to ensure availability at the proper time and avoid delays during construction.
The plumbing team incorporates the design concepts into CAD and building information modeling so that specific plumbing requirements can be visualized and accurately modeled.
This modeling includes subcontractor input, addresses safety concerns and analyzes potential impacts and conflicts. Subcontractors can begin preassembly or off-site fabrication of system components at this time.
Design assist services team members provide critical input during the pre-planning phase of a project. Team member collaboration reduces the time required for the pre-construction and construction phases.
The team includes all disciplines required to complete the project, enhancing overall cost-effectiveness and minimizing delays during actual construction. The team is available during the post-construction phase, providing a walk-through with the owner and training on new equipment.
Heinz Mechanical Industries offers a full range of pre-construction, design assist and construction services. The company has provided commercial plumbing, HVAC and construction management services in Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington metro areas since 1998.