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     Concrete Structures of the Midwest, Inc. : Quality Control 

Quality control is an important concern for all construction companies. Defects, even minor ones can
have an effect on costs and schedule. At Concrete Structures the emphasis is on planning ahead
and doing it right the first time.

1. Planning and Design Phase

Concrete Structures recognizes that quality begins in the design and planning stages of a project rather than during the construction phase. It is in the design and planning stages that decisions regarding components, performance and material specifications are made.
We can help in the planning stages by providing practical answers to many of the
technical questions that arise. The submittal process is very important in producing a quality job.
Project Managers are responsible for submitting products that conform to the specifications and in documenting submittal acceptance and material delivery.

2. Construction Phase

Quality control during the construction phase focuses primarily on ensuring conformance
with the plans and specifications produced during the planning and design phase.
Concrete Structures maintains a central purchasing office to assist in providing materials
conforming to the job specifications. The central purchasing office is supplied with the
specifications and approved submittals for each job. All materials for the project are
purchased through this office after review by the project managers for conformance to the
approved submittals.
Installation of the approved materials in conformance with the plans and specifications is
the job of the project managers, superintendents, foremen and workmen. Concrete
Structures recognizes quality is achieved by a team that includes all these people as well
as construction inspectors, whether employed by Concrete Structures, other contractors or
the owner.
Documentation of the construction is also very important to quality control. It is the
project manager’s responsibility to document compliance to the construction plans and
specifications as well as those instances that occur during every project when unforeseen
circumstances cause changes to the plans or specifications.

3. Post - Construction Phase

Before de-mobilizing from the site a punchlist is developed, with assistance from the
architect, which lists all items needing completion or rework. The punchlist is completed
prior to complete demobilization from the job. As – built documentation is submitted at
this time.

Links:

American Concrete Institute (ACI)
American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM)
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
Construction Specifications Institute (CSI)
American Society for Quality (ASQ)

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