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Facilities Management Project Process

The University Of Oklahoma Department Of Facilities Management has implemented a new process to more efficiently handle the many project requests campus-wide. This process examines how each individual project affects the overall mission of the University and to continue academic excellence. Our goal will continue to be meeting the University’s ever-changing needs by providing construction services. We need the cooperation and participation of Students, Faculty, Staff, and Administration in order for this process to succeed most effectively. As a result, the Department of Facilities Management commits to providing quality projects on-time and under budget.

The following phases consist of the typical project from conception through completion (here is a flowchart of this process (PDF)):

Project Request

Facilities Management will issue a campus wide memo indicating the project request deadlines for the Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters. All project requests must be submitted by the deadlines stated in the Facilities Management memo and be requested through the Facilities Management Director’s office. Request must be submitted to Sammie Snider. She will require pertinent information in order to generate your request. Please be prepared to provide the building name, room numbers, general scope of work, and contact person for this project. These items are required to move forward.

You can download a project request form (PDF) here.

Preliminary Estimate

Once the customer has submitted the project per the direction above, the customer will be contacted by a Facilities Management Project Manager. The FM team will review the project space and develop a general project scope with the customer’s input. The estimator will generate a preliminary estimate (ballpark) that will include + / - percentage due to unknown activities that may be required once the project has been evaluated by engineering. The purpose of the preliminary estimate is to provide a budget number to the customer so they can determine the funding and feasibility of the project.

Customer Preliminary Estimate Approval

The preliminary estimate will be sent to the customer for review and approval. At this time the customer can sign the preliminary estimate indicating that funds are available or decline indicating that funds are not available. If the preliminary estimate is approved the customer must provide a funding source and a budget account number to have the project placed in the project queue. If the funding letter is not returned in 14 days, Facilities Management will assume funding is not available and will remove the project from our project request file.

Project Queue

Once the approved preliminary estimate has been received by Facilities Management, the project request will be added to our project queue. Facilities Management will then review all requests and their role in the overall University priorities. Projects that require engineering will be placed in the engineering queue. If the project is simple and does not require plans or a building permit, it may be moved directly to construction scheduling. 

Design Development

Once the project is moved from the project queue to the engineering schedule the engineering department will start the design development phase of the process. Design details will be completed and project reviews will be conducted with the customer and the project manager. A minimum of one design review will be conducted at 30 – 50% review. The design drawings will be complete at 95% design.

Construction Estimate

The 95% design drawings will be provided to the estimating department for a construction estimate. The completed estimate and 95% design drawings will be provided to the project manager for review and distribution to the trade supervisors.

Trades Review - Design Drawings

The trade supervisors will review the 95% design drawings for constructability issues as well as the estimate for accuracy. A follow up meeting with the engineering department, trade supervisors, estimator, and project manager will be scheduled to relay any constructability and estimate issues.

Construction Documents

Construction documents will be produced incorporating any constructability issues. The construction documents will be distributed to the inspections department and reviewed / stamped for code conformance. The construction documents will be distributed to the estimator and project manager.

Final Estimate

The estimator will review the construction documents and incorporate any revisions due to the constructability / estimate review with the trade supervisors. The final estimate will be provided to the project manager for distribution to the customer for approval.

Customer Budget Approval

Once the budget letter has been provided, the customer can select one of two choices on how to proceed. The budget letter must be returned to the project manager in 14 days or the project will be removed from the project queue. A project cancelled at this point will be liable for any cost associated to date.

Actual Cost:  You may proceed at Actual Cost, which means the project will be billed on a time and material basis.

Fixed Project Price:  You may proceed with a Fixed Project Price (FPP), which means the estimated price is the price you pay.

Construction Schedule

Construction schedule is the phase in which the project is assigned a start date, activity durations, and a completion date. At this time all materials have been ordered and a building permit has been obtained.  A project will only be scheduled when all other phases of the project process have been completed. The customer will be notified by the project manager when a start date has been assigned to the project. At this time the project manager will review the construction schedule with the customer. Once construction begins, the project space will become the property of Facilities Management and locks will be changed to construction cores. All non-construction personnel will be required to be escorted by the project manager for site visits. All visitors will be required to wear proper personal protective equipment during site visits.  Depending on the complexity and size of the project the possibility of progress meetings with the customer will be explored. When all construction activities have been completed, a punch list will be developed by the project manager, completed by construction personnel, and custodial services will perform a final clean.  When these activities have been completed a building inspection by Facilities Management inspectors and the University Fire Marshal will be performed to obtain the certificate of occupancy. At this time the project manager will schedule a walk through with the customer for an orientation of the completed project.