Design Integration and Construction Document Preparation
Environmental documents and reports are not written in contractor's terms; they are written to be understood by the layperson, agencies and regulators. Achieving SWPPP, permit and environmental compliance in the field starts with excellent plans, specifications, and estimate (PS&E) packages. A Contractor needs to be informed succinctly in these documents of the relevant issues, what handling requirements and protections are needed, and what quantities to include in their bid - along with how they will be paid. It is also critical that the quantities provided are accurate. It takes someone experienced with construction management and implementation who has overseen public, low-bid projects on behalf of the client to ensure that environmental requirements are correctly written into project plans, specifications and estimate packages for public works. The design documents must include temporary water pollution control BMPs, permanent erosion control measures, and permanent water quality treatment facilities to ensure compliance is readily achieved by contractors.
On a typical project, contractors are much more willing to implement SWPPP BMPs and environmental mitigation measures with a unit price wherever a quantity is physically measurable, such as: linear feet of fiber rolls/silt fence, individual construction entrance/exits, and linear feet of wildlife exclusion fence. Omission of separate pay items can leave owners exposed and contractors searching for ways to efficiently construct the project. Keish Environmental ensures that adequate quantities of BMPs are included in PS&E packages so that the contractor will be equitably paid for compliance work to fully implement the NPDES requirements.
In addition, Keish Environmental staff focuses on customizing specifications to require the preferred format for the SWPPP when it is generated by the contractor. Our specifications outline in detail the requirements to ensure a quality submittal is received the first time. This in turn speeds the SWPPP review process and enables faster coverage under the CGP.
Keish Environmental staff capabilities in this area are extensive, and we understand how agency staff, designers, planners, regulators, and the contractor need to communicate to be effective on a project. Previous experience includes drafting boilerplate Environmental Coordination and Cooperation specifications for the VTA, in addition to Technical Specifications for several Caltrans Highway Projects in the cities of San Jose, Milpitas, and Fremont and for the Blackberry Farm Restoration Project Phase 1 in the city of Cupertino. Our skills were key in developing the Environmental Requirements specification for the VTA's BART Silicon Valley Berryessa Extension (SVBX) $700M Design-Build RFP, and we assisted with preparation of the hazardous materials specifications for that RFP. These projects illustrate communication of critical issues during the procurement process, so that change is managed from bid time through construction. Our services have been invaluable in keeping public projects on time and on budget.