Cast Stone Submittals – The Next Stage of Production
Once the production of a project is approved by everyone involved, We begin the final design stages, showing exactly what you will get, each part and each complete unit, and every linear foot of stone needed to build the project as you want it. We draw it all out, and send it to you, and your hired professionals, for your approval. Another customer approval point.
During the Submittal Process, each unit is named and the name added to the bubble (see above) with the Unit designation. Similar units will carry the same letter ID.
Above is a sample of a Submittal Drawing Package. Below is a simple, linear foot purchase of Wall Cap. The above image has a combined package with window surrounds, a cross-section and profiles. Note the minimum dimensions on the unit marked “A”. The Table of Contents helps navigate through the total package.
The drafters take the estimate of units each or linear foot units and relate it to the plan by submittal plan placement drawings and name each of the units required for fulfillment so that each piece can be labeled and tracked. Thievery best submittal (first phase) drawings identify all masonry assemblies and have as few dimensions as possible to be verified in the field. Submittal Drawings control all other dimensions the calculation of which are and should be the manufacturer’s responsibility. The more unnecessary field dimensions required the more confusing the approval processes with no appreciable advantage. Profiles of shapes, cross section interfaces and attachment interfaces will be included as well as plan placements for site direction.
Good submittal drawings include logical masonry assemblies, a column or window for example, profiles specified for each portion of the project, accurate cross sections and any special attachments required. Dimensions required for proper assembly will be added after all submittal drawings with minimum dimensions are complete and approved. This is more efficient for all concerned.
Part details and installation dimensions
are all part of the installation detail. Submittal Plan Placement of the units on the structure aids in the verification offal quantities, linear foot and each unit, and ensures that the customer is getting everything he thought he was going to get. Sometimes, we find that either something was overlooked by the estimator. Often, at this point, the customer expands the scope of the project to add more stone. Change orders are required in writing for deletions or additions tithe original estimate to flush out aloof the issues between the structure and the stone. This is the primary purpose of Submittals. Plus they dimensionalize the units identified so that the complete detail can be accomplished in one clean swoop.
A side note: It is important at the Change Order phase that the client, who often feels vulnerable at this point, understands that the manufacturer is not taking advantage of the situation, but is consistent both in the pricing and the process of manufacturing the stone. In this area of trust, standardization can play an important role in the stability of and consumer confidence in the cast stone industry.
Some of this will also be shared between the submittal package and the installation package, the documents that come with a stone delivery, specifically made for the installer onsite. Marked below are the names of the type of drawings to expect. Submittal drawings are indicated separately from installation drawings. Some are shared from the Submittal to the Installation Packages.
- Plan placement: or Where to place each unit?
- Interface Unit Drawing: When units or profiles are related to one another.
- Interface Attachments: (if required) the cross section of the associated setting, lines of interfacing unit assembly to the building with recommended attachment methods.
- Profile: A “cross section”, of extruded shapes.
- Unit Assembly: Two or three views of the topside or front of logical masonry assemblies. Minimum dimensions for the Submittal Package. Complete setting dimensions for the Installation Package.
- Unit Cross Sections as required to fully describe units.
- Unit Part Markings: Layout the specified parts with appropriate markings. Sometimes combined with unit dimensional drawings. Followed by a parts list for the specific unit. Often called Shop Ticket or Cut List.
- Inventory Control: Often overlooked, good inventory control to maximize labor efficiency should be supported by the manufacturer with cross references from plant unit, unit to part, parts to pallets and back again. Critical and essential on big projects, it’s helpful even on the smallest jobs.
The map grid on customer plan is helpful. Site map control of pallets is the installer responsibility combined with pallet cross-references from manufacturer will save time and aggravation. Stand at the pallet and know where the stone goes. Stand at the building and know which pallet to go to. Believe me, job site control is a big-time saver. It even helps identify manufacturing problems or oversights before a lot of on site labor is involved.