The Key is Constructability

by William J. Schmitz, Executive Vice Pres.; Berge, Lechman Associates, Rye, NY.,
Theodore von Rosenvinge, IV, Sr. Vice Pres.; Berger, Lechman Assoc., Rye, NY.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1994, Vol. 64, Issue 8, Pg. 54-56

Document Type: Feature article


Construction generally involves the collective efforts of owners, designers, contractors and suppliers. During the design phase, the engineer should be mindful of such critical elements as available materials, current/local construction practices and other practical aspects of implementing the design. However, even the most experienced designer should continually ask one question during the design phase�is the project constructable? The risks of not addressing this question include unrealistic bids, construction delays, claims or possible failure of completion. One way to manage this risk is to perform a constructability review during design. This was done by Berger Lehman and New York State DOT to revive the Oak Link Rail project in New York City, which had been terminated due to problems encountered during foundation construction. After a constructability review and redesign, the $51 million is back under construction.

Subject Headings: Constructability | Construction management | Project management | Foundation construction | Construction materials | Supply chain management | Risk management

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