At Wright Construction, Quality Control is defined by Zero (0) punchlist. What is it and why does that bring value to construction projects? Zero punch occurs at the end of a project when Wright Construction requests substantial completion from the Architect and they come out to review the project for completion and prepare a list of items that are deficient that require correction by the contractor. When the Architect completes the review of the project and leaves with an empty deficiency list, that is zero “0” punch. It means that Wright Construction provided value to the Client. It means that our team implemented a systematic quality control program that checks every aspect of the project to ensure compliance with the contract documents. Wright Construction will work diligently to deliver that level of quality on every project. Wright Construction Group has mandated this on every Construction Management Project, and the success has been phenomenal.
One of the most critical stages of the Quality Control process begins with design review.
All building systems and components must be reviewed for:
- Completeness & Discrepancies (This is the value of Redi-Check)
- Constructability & Materials
- Systems Design
- Local Condition Compatibility
- Envelope weather tightness
Quality Control during construction is a "nonstop" activity. On Wright Construction projects, a Quality Control Team is created with specific tasks assigned. Every day the Team checks work as it is being completed. Compliant items are initialed by the Team members while deficiencies are noted and detailed. Should a deficient item be found, the Team member would immediately attempt to correct the problem in the field with the responsible party. If this is not possible, the deficiency is reported to the field office where a “Deficient Work Notice” is distributed immediately to the responsible party. This information is tracked through Timberline Project Management in the Master Punch list so that we can ensure correction of all deficiencies. This continuous process increases the quality of the finished product and minimizes items at the end of the project.
It is critical that the subcontractor maintains the level of quality established by the Construction Management team. The following items are each considered prior to award of any contract:
- Subcontractor Pre-qualifications for Quality, Scheduling, Safety, and Financial Responsibilities
- Clear & Definitive Subcontract Agreements Defining Expected Performance Subcontractor Involvement in the Quality Control Program.
All submittal and submittal packages are tracked on Timberline Project Management and reviewed by both the Project Management staff and the job Superintendent for quality, constructability, and conformance with the Contract Documents.
Throughout the project, weekly meetings are held with all subcontractors to review ongoing and future work. Quality Control issues (such as means and methods, materials, contract document conformance, and outstanding issues) are addressed. In addition to subcontractor meetings, weekly Client/Architect meetings are held to review all project activities.
Punch lists are an intricate part of the Wright Construction information management system based on Timberline Project Management. Projects have only one list (maintained in Timberline), eliminating the potential for items to be overlooked. Project lists are sorted and/or filtered as required by management personnel.
Non-Compliant Work Notification
As part of the information management system, non-compliance work notifications are created and tracked in Timberline Project Management through the master punch list. Notices are sent out immediately and are tracked continuously.
In many instances, mock-ups are used to expose any potential Quality Control issues and/or to provide the Client/Architect with an actual example of an end product.