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New Buildings

CONSTRUCTION CHECK LIST FOR NEW BUILDINGS – Updated October 15, 2014 

Note: It is imperative that the property manager read through the entire lease whether executed or not to understand exactly how the building will operate, (I.E. will a guard be assigned to the lobby, will the janitors need closets, how will deliveries work), in order to plan key elements for design.

KITCHENS

  • Hot water tank location (under the sink, nearby, in a closet)
  • Ice Machines: Are drain lines easily accessible for maintenance?

BATHROOMS

  • Sealed Grout (floors)
  • Is there a drain? Are floors pitched to the drain?
  • Install a dedicated outlet for wet vac., floor dryers, etc.
  • Use hard wired hand dryers (if applicable)
  • Hard wired toilet flush valves (refer to bldg.. standard)
  • Toilets at the right height
  • Standard toilet seat cover dispensers (refer to bldg.. standard)
  • Is soap easy to access and change out?
  • Coreless toilet paper dispensers
  • Are light fixtures easy to get to change bulbs?
  • Are exhaust fans being installed?
  • How is the restroom heated and cooled?

MAILROOM

  • Were all tenants considered in mailbox count?
  • Is there large and small parcel drop off boxes?
  • Is there space for other carriers, UPS, Fed-Ex. Etc.?
  • Type of mail boxes
  • Locks and keys to be coordinated between PM, construction, and mail service

JANITOR CLOSETS / STORAGE / MAINTENANCE AREA

  • Dedicated Outlet in closets
  • Shelving in closets
  • Water and Slop Sink in closets
  • How large are the closets? How many are being built?
  • Is there dedicated storage for building supplies?
  • Is there dedicated storage for tenants?
  • Is there a small maintenance office being provided for supplies storage/break area

DOCK AREA

  • Is there adequate space?
  • Is there space for shipping and receiving?
  • Is there space for a dumpster, compactor, recycling bin, baler, grease dumpster? (if applicable)

CONFERENCE ROOMS / IT ROOMS

  • Thermostat dedicated to that room only?
  • Tenant’s computer rooms are recommended to have independent cooling systems from the bldg. system.
  • IT rooms not be located in tenant space (if possible)

COMMON AREAS

  • Are light fixtures easy to get to? Is bulb replacement being taken into account?
  • Flooring? Carpet tiles?
  • How are lights programmed? Are they integrated to the building system?
  • Are exterior lights integrated to the building system?

GENERAL

  • Construction Banners are ordered or available?
  • Verify tenants are using building standard key-cores (removable cores). Livingston Lock should be doing the keying.
  • Building access for unmanned buildings (Commend product, elevator code, etc.)
  • Verify hours of operations for loud/disruptive work.
  • Are smoke heads covered while demo/construction is being done?
  • Measuring of large items before delivery to confirm they will fit in the freight elevator
  • Cleaning of freight elevator tracks when being used for demo debris, by contractor.
  • What kind of HVAC system is being installed?
  • How is metering for multi-tenant floors being addressed?
  • What systems (lighting, HVAC, Fire, elevators) are being integrated?
  • What does the signage package include (interior and exterior). Every closet door needs labeling too.
  • Condition of existing pipes throughout the building should be checked. Determine if camera scoping is necessary.
  • Is the fire pump updated, adequate, large enough, etc.?
  • Fire Life Safety System?
  • Lighting control system?
  • Trash removal and container locations?
  • FIRE SAFETY PLANS!!!! Who is doing them?
  • Stairwell signage ADA standards, please confirm sizing and placement.
  • Confidentiality Agreements – NDAs are worth mentioning from time to time in the construction meetings.
  • Confirm background checks per the Addendum – when warrantied (for any contractors working in occupied tenant spaces) especially when completing punch list items.
  • Roof access- is there stairs, is there a ladder?
  • Elevator access should be discussed. Card access, destination system? What is happening, what does the tenant want? 

PRIOR TO TURN OVER

  • New training process as part of maintenance equipment manuals
    • Video tape all training for the building engineering team. To be provided with close out documents
  • Construction turnover
    • Confirm tenant suite meters, common area meters, and building utilities are transferred from construction to building entity

RETAIL BUILD-OUTS

  • Restaurant build-outs should account for pipe chases being accessible on all floors, cooking hoods to be vented properly and grease trap locations to be placed accordingly.

ADA COMPLIANCE

  • Installation of handicapped entry doors at entrances to buildings.   Automatic door buttons must be available on the exterior and interior, so the architects need to be involved early on.  This system can be tied into the access card system. 

KEYS AND LOCKS

  • Verify that all cores are removable with a locking mechanism landlord will determine key program with Livingston Lock.

DTE GRANT APPLICATIONS

  • This process should be owned by the property manager. A preliminary meeting should be set up with the construction project manager from Bedrock and the project engineer to determine which components of the project qualify. When the application is completed it should be turned over to the application administrator at Bedrock (to be determined).