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The Construction Projects Punch List
Posted 8/30/21

As summer 2021 draws to a close, we will also see some of the Measure H bond infrastructure projects get completed.  All school construction projects go through several phases. Whether the project involves the construction of a new building from the ground up or the repair or replacement of a structure in the campus, the final stage of the construction process is the project closeout phase. The project closeout phase includes activities that are required before the General Contractor (GC) can formally hand off the completed project to the District. 

One of the closeout activities is the development of a project punch list. When the work in accordance with a project’s contract documents is completed, the architect and their consultant team in conjunction with the construction manager and project inspector perform a detailed inspection of the project. The purpose of this inspection is to determine if the project has reached the point that the school facility is sufficiently complete for the District to allow its use by students and staff.  As a result of the inspection, a punch list is created which is a meticulous list of work items that must be completed or corrected. 

The punch list includes items such as incomplete work, imperfections or damaged elements such as a scratched wall or counter surface,  faulty parts like doors or windows that do not open or close properly, or non-operational major subsystems like HVAC, electrical, plumbing, roofing, etc. The GC then develops a plan for addressing individual punch list items.  Major items that may delay a project’s substantial completion and the ability of the District to use the facility are addressed first.  Minor items such as correcting damage to building finishes are scheduled with other finish work.  

The District’s bond measure construction and infrastructure projects are major undertakings funded by tax dollars.  The end goal is to provide high quality school facilities for the students of the City of Hayward.

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