Planning and Managing Construction Projects
in Indian Country

With so many variables to consider, people involved and standards to meet, the construction process can be complicated and confusing. This class covers the key elements of construction project management, planning, financing, construction inspections and safety issues. Whether you’re involved in ensuring safety or building housing, schools, clinics, commercial projects, roads, casinos or other projects, it is a must-attend.

From the pre- through post-phases, construction project management is a complex task. Understanding and evaluating construction costs is essential — how do you know if you’re getting what you’re paying for? The inspection process is vital to the process. But for every inspection, dozens of considerations must be addressed. Tribes and tribal organizations are also subject to laws and regulations regarding the safety of employees in the workplace. What are these laws? And how can you detect problems before they become violations?

This class will provide answers to these questions, as well as explain an effective planning process, change orders, disputes, claims and evaluating bids. You can’t afford to miss this opportunity, so register today!

T O P I C S   I N C L U D E
Construction Project Management
  • Construction project management
  • The tribe as general contractor
  • “Turn-key” projects
  • Role of the construction project manager
  • Project management models
The Construction Process
  • Basic knowledge required for the project manager
  • What and where are you building?
  • Foundations and other special considerations
  • Building on Indian land
Pre-Construction Activity
  • Establishing a process
  • Site selection, pricing and permitting
  • Programming issues
  • Selecting the architectural and engineering firms
Project Planning
  • Design conceptualization
  • Schematic design
  • Detailed design
  • Bonding of subcontractors
  • Bidding and negotiation
Estimating Construction Costs
  • Square-foot costing and checklists
  • Evaluating estimates
  • Is a low bid always a good bid?
Bidding and Negotiation
    Advertising for bids
  • Detecting inflated bids
  • Contract negotiation and issuance
  • Bid qualifications
  • Requesting a bid breakdown
  • Value engineering
  • Construction phase
  • Job start-up
  • Construction standards, permits and federal Indian land
  • Contractor/owner/architect relationship
  • Meetings and coordination
  • Change procedures
  • Contractor payment process
  • Project close-out
Construction Inspection Overview
  • Inspection as a monitoring tool
  • General guidelines for inspectors
  • What to look for during inspections
  • Inspection timing checklist
Structures, Part I: Start-Up to Under Roof
  • Surveying
  • Site preparation, excavation and grading
  • Footings and foundations
  • Concrete
  • Utilities (water, sewer, gas, electric)
  • Rough carpentry
  • Moisture protection, waterproofing, insulation and caulking
  • Exterior walls and roofing
Structures, Part II: Interior and Exterior Completion
  • Mechanical systems (plumbing, heating, ventilation, air)
  • Electrical systems
  • Doors, windows and glass
  • Interior and exterior completion
  • Finishes and masonry
  • Driveways and parking (asphalt, concrete, stone)
  • Landscaping
  • Punch-out
  • Final inspections before U&O
  • Post-construction activity
  • Warranty work
  • Determining value for money expended
  • Preventive maintenance contracts
  • Follow-up
Disputes and Claims
  • Importance of inspection/documentation
  • Preventing and resolving disputes
  • Notices to contractor
  • Stop work order
  • Notification to bonding company
  • Change orders and claims
  • Contract disputes process
  • Responsibilities of the tribal contracting officer
  • Tribal court jurisdiction
Safety Compliance for Construction Projects
  • OSHA as a safety model
  • Employee workplace rights
  • Setting occupational safety and health standards
  • State job safety and health programs
  • Inspection protocols and sanctions
  • *Topics subject to change.

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