Kaizon provides Quantity Surveying and Project Management services for Galaxy Childcare - Mahia.
Project Scope and Building Structure
The Building Consultant team at Kaizon were approached by Galaxy Childcare Centre - Mahia to provide quantity surveying and project management services for the development of the Early Learning Childcare Centre based in Mahia Road, Manurewa.
The project was to build a single-storey childcare centre that could accommodate up to 80 children. The development included 14 standard car parks and one disability car parking provision. The building substructure was a reinforced masonry wall with RC (Reinforced Concrete) slabs suspended on a combination of RC piles and raft foundation. The main structure comprised of timber framing with unification of Cedar/Weatherboard claddings, and was lined with gib finishing on the internal walls and ceilings. Other topographies included a timber retaining wall, a 2-meter-high acoustic timber boundary fence, reinforced concrete car park and a playground for children.
Kaizon was engaged post-contract signing for this project. A Master Builders agreement was considered by the builder for this project. The services the team at Kaizon provided was to further negotiate on the contract clauses, monitor the financials in accordance with the project budget, conduct claims and variation assessments, coordinate with relevant stakeholders including sub-consultants and designers, and liaise with Councils and other external stakeholders. The team also provided additional advice from their expertise in Value Engineering on designs to finish the project within budget and compliant with the New Zealand Building Code.
Recommendations and Learnings
One of the most important aspects of a project is to ensure you choose the right type of Contract for that particular project. The right Contract will help foster a positive relationship between the client and relevant stakeholders, especially the client and contractor. The clauses within the Contract needs to be discussed between the stakeholders and agreed upon. The team at Kaizon suggests using a standard NZS3910:2013 Contract for projects of a similar scale and type.
Another recommendation is to involve a Quantity Surveyor and a Project Manager early in the project stage (pre-contract phase). Having the right advice and guidance from the beginning will ultimately help your project run smoother, have far more chance of staying on budget, and more likely to be completed on time. It will save you from having to file variations and submit claims.
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