What are RFI's
Why are RFI's important
- RFI's will usually stem changes to the drawings and may require price adjustments from the original drawing.
- Provides clarification when Contract Documents lack detail. Or clarifies the drawings "intent" or constructability.
- Provide formal documentation of changes in scope. Is a tracking method for the project team to refer to for drawing revisions.
- Reduces Brinkmann’s risk.
- Can have cost and schedule implications.
Things to Remember
- Approach all RFI's with the mindset of solving the issue for the architect.
- Always propose the preferred answer
- Don't just pass the puck from the subcontractor. DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH ON IT BEFORE GETTING ARCHITECT INVOLVED.
When to Submit an RFI
Key Items of an RFI
- Key Components:
- What is the issue? – Be detailed
- What information is needed?
- Proposed solution – Brinkmann/Owners best interest.
- Indicate whether there are potential cost/schedule impacts.
- Be Detailed – Include the following as applicable
- References to drawings, details, specs, etc..
- Markups – include field measurements if applicable
- Past correspondence
- Make clear what is needed in response- approval of proposed solution, information, alternate solution.
How to Complete an RFI
- Dig into the question, fully understand and discuss with your project team. If no answer presents itself utilize Procore to submit the RFI to the Architect/Engineer.
- Include highlighted drawings, markups and/or attachments.
- All RFI's are to be impartial and should not include language such as "I", "We", "They", etc.
- Be PROFESSIONAL. Check for grammatical errors and use proper punctuation.
- Call the architect before issuing (in most instances) to let them know of the issue or question. Make them aware which are considered "critical".
- Follow-up regularly.