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Construction Status Review


Was Your Construction Project Shutdown?

In the event of a construction project shutdown, agreeing on and documenting the current status of construction is important in order to minimize impacts on the property. In addition to knowing where a project stands physically, knowing the state of design, entitlement, procurement, and the financial state of the project will be beneficial if/when a project restarts and if/when change order requests materialize.  A Construction Status Review involves a third-party observation of the property, a review of relevant documentation, and interviews with key stakeholders. The Construction Status Review can be tailored to meet your needs and can range from simply documenting the construction status to very detailed and in-depth reviews that include such items as the collection and review of contracts, subcontracts, lien releases, plans, specifications, submittals, inventory of materials stored on- and off-site, project weatherization and more.

What's Involved

A Construction Status Review includes the following services:

Collect and Review Key Documents:
  • Contract
  • Subcontracts
  • Schedule
  • Pay application
  • Insurance
  • Inventory of on-site and off-site stored materials
    • Inspection, UCC-1, other assurance
  • Lien releases
Interview Key Stakeholders:
  • GC
  • Major subs
  • Suppliers
  • Owner/Developer



Review and Document Site Conditions:
  • Access
  • Security
  • Completion status with copious photo/video documentation
  • On- and off-site stored materials
    • Rough inventory
    • Security
    • Protection from elements
  • Project weatherization
  • Excavations
  • Manpower
  • Site Conditions / SWPPP

Anytime a project shuts down, it is a good time to seek agreement on payment(s) due for work completed to date. In some cases, contractors may aggressively estimate the value of Work-in-Place in order to generate working capital. Carefully vetting pay applications can be crucial in making sure payments don’t outpace the actual work performed.

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Frequently Asked Questions

During a construction status review, various aspects of the project are typically assessed, including progress against the project schedule, budget performance, quality of workmanship, compliance with contractual requirements, safety record, and any outstanding issues or risks.

The key objectives of a construction status review typically include assessing project progress and performance, identifying any deviations from the project plan, evaluating the effectiveness of risk management strategies, ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements, and communicating project status to stakeholders.

Formal Reviews: In-depth evaluations with detailed reports and presentations.
Informal Reviews: Shorter, more frequent check-ins to monitor progress.

Early identification and resolution of problems
Improved project control and decision-making
Enhanced communication and collaboration
Increased project success rates

Digging Deeper

Reopening Construction Sites

While the reopening of construction projects and the economy in general is under discussion at Federal, state, and local levels, additional project shutdowns are likely in states where COVID-19 is still on the rise. For projects that have already been shut down, it’s a good idea to plan for the resumption of the work. Items that may impact the resumption of work include the manner and details of how the project was shut down and current factors such as the financial capacity of the owner/developer, general contractor, subcontractors, and suppliers. The qualifications and availability of personnel and workforce may also impact the resumption of the work.

Partner stands ready to assist in case of a project shutdown, a project re-start, or both.

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