Technology Infrastructure Standards
A Higher Standard
Technology infrastructure standards are critical for new construction projects and remodels, yet they are not all created equal. Summit Engineering and Consulting specializes in helping organizations create standards that lead to superior outcomes-saving time and money, reducing change orders and headaches, and greatly improving the quality of the installation. Our standards provide clients with a turn-key, easy-to-use solution that can be updated as their needs evolve, delivering long-term value.
A Unique Approach
Our process to create technology infrastructure standards is unique, rooted in deep experience that combines detailed specifications with maximum efficiencies. There are several key areas that differentiate our approach:
- We blend the ANSI/TIA/EIA standards and the BICSI guidelines with each organization's specific needs in a single streamlined document that is both comprehensive and easy-to-use. Our protocol for outlining specifications means no detail is left to chance. You save time and money, your designers and contractors save time, and every requirement is clear and easy-to-reference. Contractors are unable to cut corners and are held accountable for high-quality installation. This tool is designed to evolve over time as technology changes and becomes an asset for all of your future projects.
- Designers and contractors have unique information needs. Our standards organize information specifically for these different audiences, saving them significant time and providing crystal clear guidance specifically applicable to their scope of work. Clients tell us this helps with overall collaboration, making projects and renovations run smoothly and meeting their requirements.
- You want everyone on the same page. Our standards include sections for your technical and non-technical project management staff that make their jobs easier. This roadmap includes everything from review processes to your room size preferences, saving your team considerable time and enabling effective collaboration among departments.
- Our technology infrastructure standards are informed by years of deep experience and nationally-recognized best practices. You benefit from the insight that comes from seeing hundreds of projects and different processes. We include sample details for use in your construction documents, which helps streamline accurate and fair bids from contractors. This not only provides clear information, it also means you'll receive everything in the same format for every project, saving you time and effort.
The standard documents prepared by Summit Engineering & Consulting are differentiated from all others that we have seen in the following ways:
- Optimized for evolution of the "living" document set
- Structurally organized by audience type
- Written using the declarative language styules that are appropriate for each audience type
- Describe required processes
- Define required content for contract documents
Save Time and Money while Improving Quality
Working with Summit Engineering to create technology infrastructure standards, clients save time and money, and benefit from significant improvements in quality.
Without the standards that we prepare, the construction documents for projects tend to be lean on detail, causing Contractors to either bid higher to account for uncertainty factors or bid low then generate change orders to improve profitability. As a result, the Owner pays too much and/or gets too little. Such projects are stressful and frustrating for all parties, and all parties leave with a level of dissatisfaction.
When our standards are followed, the resulting construction documents are complete and detailed, and the following desirable conditions occur:
- The Owner's opportunity to review and influence the design is increased, improving satisfaction with the finished product.
- Fully-detailed construction documents are not attractive to Contractors that generate abusive change orders to increase their profits. Their assessment is that fewer opportunities for change orders exist and that detailed documents present more risk for themselves, so they are less likely to bid. If they do bid, they bid higher and are less likely to get the project.
- Contractors who prefer to maintain reputations of fair prices and honest, high-quality workmanship are more likely to bid projects with detailed construction documents, because there are fewer risks and fewer inefficient uncertainties that they will have to deal with during construction. As a result, they are able to reduce their costs and compete better against their "bid-low-and-change-order" competitors.
- Fewer change orders occur during construction, and the Owner gets what he wants at an aggressively-priced bid-time cost.
- Fully-detailed construction documents later become transformed into fully-detailed record drawings at the conclusion of the project, reducing the life-cycle costs of maintaining and replacing the technology 10 to 15 years in the future.
All parties win when our standards are followed:
- The Owner gets what he wants, in a reasonable timeframe and at a competitive, fair price.
- Good contractors are able to compete fairly against bad contractors, and are able to establish a good reputation, all while earning a fair profit.
- the designer doesn't overrun his budget, a great project is constructed, and a client is satisfied
- Everyone's risk is reduced.