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Checklist for Hiring an Architect or Engineer

Before a municipality decides to hire an engineering firm/contractor to design a salt/sand structure, there are several items which need to be "itemized" before proposals are received. This will help to compare "apples with apples" when deciding who to hire for the design or construction of a facility. Alternatively, any town should seriously consider a "qualification-based selection". This method assures the best project possible for the taxpayer dollar. Details available throught this office.

The following is a list of items or "services" which need to be requested from the designer/contractor. Using this checklist will help in the final decision-making process and help to avoid future "add-on" costs during construction.

  • Site review and evaluation
  • Topographic survey
  • Subsurface investigation
  • Develop existing site plan
  • Public meetings
  • Structure Evaluation and Selection
  • Field reviews of other buildings
  • Preliminary Design
  • Site Plan Review
  • Permits
  • Foundation Design
  • Building Design
  • Electrical Design
  • Design Plans
  • Contract Document Development & Printing
  • Bidding/Advertising Services/Bond submissions
  • Bid Opening & Analysis
  • Contract Administration Services
  • Construction Inspection Services
  • Materials Testing (soils, concrete, pavement, building materials, etc.)
  • Post Construction Inspection and Documentation


This page last updated on 6/27/13