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November 2018
 
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Some Thoughts On: Giving Thanks
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Rich Pongratz
This year has been like no other since I have been here, and that is over 20 years! Our work load and backlog have had us all very busy in the field and in the office, and it will be continuing well into next year. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it reminds us to express our appreciation and to thank all of our customers for their confidence in us. We will continue to strive to ensure that our projects, whether they are new construction or a renovation, will be of the highest quality and result in performance at optimum efficiency to help drive our clients' business.

THANK YOU!
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Richard K. Pongratz, Director of Business Development
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The Project Superintendent
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Q"What is the importance and what role does the site superintendent serve on a project?"
– C.S.

AC.S., Thank you for your question, C.S. In general terms, the site superintendent is the general contractor or construction manager’s representative at a construction site. The superintendent directs, manages, and coordinates the day-to-day work activities of the various subcontractors and trades that are involved with the project as well as the on-site coordination with the owner or owner’s representative. The role of the superintendent also includes important safety, quality control, scheduling, and report/monitoring responsibilities. Some of the most important and critical roles/responsibilities are further described as follows:

SAFETY
The superintendent plays a key role in preventing accidents and ensuring work is performed in a safe manner. Typical safety functions include identifying hazards and mitigating risks associated with the work or specific work tasks, ensuring requirements of the project-specific health and safety program are implemented, and monitoring subcontractor and worker compliance. On a day-to-day basis, the superintendent may be involved with:

  • Pre-job safety orientations
  • Pre-work safety meetings and job safety analyses for specific work activities
  • General safety “tool-box” talks
  • Equipment inspections and certifications and all associated report and documentation functions

In cases where work is being performed in an operating facility, the superintendent is responsible for coordinating with the owner and obtaining the necessary work permits for the specific tasks (hot work, confined space, etc.) required per their safety program. Depending on the size and/or complexity of the project, these responsibilities could be delegated to a site safety representative who would have responsibility for the health and safety functions for the project under the supervision of the superintendent.

SCHEDULING & COORDINATION OF WORK

Typically, the project schedule is developed as a general outline of the work, sequence, and duration of work activities and does not get into the minute detail of every specific task required on the project. In conjunction with the project manager, the superintendent is responsible for supervising and coordinating the daily construction activities being performed by the various subcontractors and field personnel involved in the project. This becomes especially important on large projects with numerous subcontractors, special trades, and suppliers or within operating facilities. Superintendents must coordinate the daily work tasks to prevent conflicts in the workflow. This ensures that activities are completed in the proper sequence per the schedule, supplies/materials are available, sufficient labor is being provided, progress against project milestones and schedule is being achieved, work is performed safely, and impacts to existing operations or other subcontractor work activities are minimized.

QUALITY ASSURANCE/QUALITY CONTROL
Another important role of the superintendent is their involvement with the quality aspects required for the project. The superintendent is typically the first point of contact for the subcontractors, particularly when problems arise or clarifications in the contract documents are needed. It’s their responsibility to interpret project drawings and specifications for subcontractors and field personnel and to communicate with other project team members (project manager, engineers, etc.) as required for appropriate solutions.

As part of the QA/QC responsibilities, the superintendent must perform the necessary inspections and observations to verify that the quality and accuracy of the work is in compliance with the contract documents (design drawings and technical specifications), applicable codes, and acceptable workmanship. This would include the identification of any non-conformance issues and ensuring proper resolution.

The superintendent is also involved with the coordination with any third-party inspections that may be required. This includes construction materials testing such as concrete placement and strength testing, soil compaction, and weld inspection as well as permit inspections required per local code enforcement officials.

REPORTING & MONITORING
Some of the reporting and monitoring functions that the superintendent is responsible for include:

  • Daily construction report documenting weather conditions, daily construction activities, site personnel and equipment in use, inspection performed, non-conforming work, and deliveries
  • Field receiving reports documenting equipment and materials delivered to site
  • Safety documentation including safety audit and meeting reports, equipment inspections, safety violations, safe-work permits, and job safety analysis reports
  • Inspection forms and checklists for specific work activities such as concrete pre-pour and placement, earthwork, structural steel erection, and hopper installation.
  • Daily time records, including cost coding and reporting
  • Non-conformation work reports
  • Punchlist inspections and verification of proper completion of any open items/issues identified

These are just a few of the critical responsibilities of a site superintendent, and I hope it provides you with a better understanding of their importance to a project. New construction or renovation projects can be a huge endeavor with significant financial commitments from all parties involved. An experienced project team which includes a competent site superintendent to coordinate and manage the daily activities is critical to the success of the project. Without the proper site supervision there’s significant risk of poor work quality, cost overruns, schedule delays, and safety issues.

Bryan Smith, P.E. is a Project Manager and joined WL Port-Land Systems in August 2013. He has been involved in engineering, construction and project management in various industries since 1994 with experience managing both domestic and foreign projects.

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NEED HELP WITH PROCUREMENT?
WL Port-Land Systems, Inc., as a Design/Build Engineering and Construction Company servicing multiple industries, has built an extensive vendor base over the years. Once we complete a project and the facility is in operation, many of our customers come back to us for aftermarket parts and equipment. We have the ability to provide end-to-end turnkey solutions for all project-related procurement, expediting and freight services to our existing customer base and, naturally, to prospective customers. As an EPC company, we are well equipped to evaluate, recommend, implement, and manage all of a customer’s procurement needs, including vendor sourcing, inquiry, technical review and commercial evaluation, vendor selection, order placement, expediting and delivery. WL Port-Land Systems, Inc. Procurement and Logistics offers the most flexible, cost-effective outsourcing solutions. Our team has worked closely with many of our vendors worldwide and is here to meet your challenges.

E-mail or call us -- at 412-344-1408 -- we welcome the opportunity to provide these services.

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Events Calendar
WL Port-Land Systems will participate in these industry events. Click to set up an appointment with a rep.
December 2-4, 2018
2018 NGFA Country Elevator Conference Trade Show
St. Louis, MO
January 8-10, 2019
Feed & Grain Live
Altoona, IA
February 12-14, 2019
2019 IPPE
Atlanta, GA
February 20-23, 2019
National Turkey Federation Annual Convention
San Antonio, TX
March 9-12, 2019
2019 GEAPS
New Orleans, LA
April 29-May 1, 2019
2019 Petfood Forum
Kansas City, MO
May 13-16, 2019
World of Coal Ash 2019
St. Louis, MO
July 15-17, 2019
National Turkey Federation Leadership Conference
Washington, DC
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