|Base all facility decisions on the district's long range facility master plan.||
Make facilities decisions solely on the basis of the initial cost.
|Base facility decisions on a life cycle cost analysis of all feasible alternatives.||
Think that value engineering means substituting a cheaper product for what was specified by the designer.
|Employ a competent clerk of the works.||
Rush. This is a complex, high cost undertaking, the results of which will last a very long time.
|Evaluate all feasible alternatives to resolve a facility concern.||Assume that a design-build contract will save money.|
|Have your attorney review and modify the standard AIA contract documents to protect your interests.||
Allow mixing of contract documents from different sources e.g. AIA, ACG, DBIA etc.
|Include as many aspects of high performance school design as possible.||
Trade construction quality for more space or an earlier completion date.
|Include training for your maintenance staff on new equipment and materials.||
Allow the designers to include materials, systems, components, or structural features that cannot be easily maintained by your staff.
|Insist on an integrated whole building design.||
Use a fast track schedule for design and construction.
|Provide funding up front for site investigation and at least 50% of the design effort.||Expect design professionals to work for nothing.|
|Provide strict control on the approval of change orders.||Try to get by with a contingency budget of less than 5% for new construction and 10% for renovations.|
|Prioritize where the money goes in the project. Give high priority to the roof and HVAC system.||Lock into a final cost before completing a preliminary design and geo-technical testing of the site.|
|Request assistance from the Office of School Building Aid, (603) 271-2037.||Forget to apply for School Building Aid before construction begins. Applications prior to the district meeting are strongly encouraged.|
|Require as-built drawings in an electronic format that you can use.||Forget to notify your insurance company about the new building, addition, or renovation.|
|Require construction bidders to bring the project manager and construction superintendent to interviews.||
Allow construction managers to complete any portion of the actual construction with their own staff. Such firms are general contractors in disguise, and you have the wrong type contract.
|Require formal commissioning of all building systems prior to acceptance of the work as substantially complete.||Acquire property, even donated land, without basic environmental and geological evaluations.|
|Specify Energy Star labeled equipment.||Use unit ventilators in the HVAC system.|
|Use Qualifications Based Selection (QBS) to hire an architect.||Hire design professionals solely on the basis of lowest cost.|
Provided by: Office of School Building Aid, New Hampshire Department of Education