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As-builts key to future renovation.

Design & construction, Renovation, As-built drawings

Hello. This is Greg Zimmerman, managing editor of Building Operating Management magazine. Today’s topic is facility as-built drawings. After any construction or renovation project, it’s critical to make sure the designer or contractor provides accurate as-built drawings of the new facility. This can be a key step of the commissioning process and should be discussed with the commissioning agent when the scope of work is being discussed. But it’s also of utmost importance to maintain accurate as-builts over the life of the building. Why are as-builts important? They provide details of the facility that are essential for doing future renovations or improvements efficiently. Knowing exactly where and how every conduit and outlet is connected and what lies behind each wall can mean that there are no surprises, like accidentally shutting off power to an area that was slated to remain in service during a renovation. If you don’t have as-builts now, talk with a contractor or commissioning agent about how you may be able to get them. And if you’re in the middle of a construction or renovation project, make it priority number one after the project is completed.