Site Management

During the installation phase of all major construction projects, daily site management should be provided and documented by a Site Superintendent who is the senior on-site construction person responsible for all day-to-day functions on the job site. Some of the major functions are scheduling, contingency planning, securing all required permits and necessary approvals from the host facility, and ensuring compliance by all on-site personnel with all prevailing standards, regulations, and safety procedures. The Site Superintendent's (or Construction Manager's) management activities should be supplemented by assistants, trade superintendents, and a site safety and quality control officer. The Site Superintendent should be empowered to make all necessary job site decisions that require immediate response and should have control over all on-site construction personnel, either directly or indirectly through trade superintendents or foremen.

The Site Superintendent must provide clear direction through unambiguous communication with each trade subcontractor and all other site personnel. This includes negotiating the sequence and timing of milestones with each subcontractor in order to manage the critical flow path of deliveries, installation work, and commissioning. The Site Superintendent also has the responsibility to maintain a daily log of personnel on site, changes or directions issued, construction activity completed, and any constraint, such as delivery delays, weather, or labor actions. In addition to enforcing compliance with content and timing of subcontract provisions, the Site Superintendent is ultimately responsible for enforcing compliance with the site safety plan and all other established laws, regulations, and governing work practices, as well as industry standards of quality such as workmanship, completeness, material storage, and waste disposal.

Other site management responsibilities include approving payment requisitions in accordance with schedule completion milestones, accepting substantial completion of subcontractor's work, and negotiating punch list items and requirements for final completion. Along with the OM&R Supervisor, the Site Superintendent should also have responsibility for coordinating testing commissioning and acceptance of work from all subcontractors, inclusive of enforcing the specific provisions and intent of subcontracts for commissioning.

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