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I'm fairly new to commercial work.(have completed 4 jobs thus far)

We are a concrete contractor and we landed a $125,000 job.

We are doing some curb and sidewalk work.

This particular GC is telling me that I have to turn in my submittals prior to starting work.

What exactly are they looking for when they ask for submittals???

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Tim
 

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Probably your invoice. A lot of the bigger companies will have forms you turn into the superintendent before the work & then he signs off on it when you are done. Better ask him tho.
 

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Yes I did, and thanks.

But I was looking for a more personal response from you guys, especially concrete related.

Thanks,

Tim
 

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If you read the specs before you bid, you'd know exactly what you need to submit. The specs will outline what materials you need to provide to prove that the systems and materials you plan to use for the work are what's specified. For a curb and sidewalk project, it's probably just concrete mix designs (from your concrete supplier), maybe a spec sheet on your form oil, and possibly a drawing indicating the forms you plan to use for your curbs, to confirm that the final profile is correct.

If you're going to play in the commercial arena, you need to start reading all the stuff the send you. If you're unsure on the submittal requirements, I bet you also missed all the info in the front end regarding testing and inspection, compaction requirements for subgrade, and most importantly, the invoicing requirements that will have you waiting 60+ days to get paid.
 

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Yes I did, and thanks.

But I was looking for a more personal response from you guys, especially concrete related.

Thanks,

Tim
Well, then you're looking for "Submittals specifically relating to concrete". :laughing:

What type of 'crete proposed, sections of a form, details of rebar/mesh, etc. Basically, written and drawn on paper what you propose to do on the site.
 

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Not to bust your balls,but you need to get educated real quick on the business end of project management,you have to familiarize yourself with every step of the job.
Pre to post. Your pre bid meeting will out line your responsibilities ; your SCOPE of work. If you can, GOOGLE. also think about small business classes at your local college. Knowledge is power,get your ducks in a row and ensure everything is done to the " T " so you will get paid,sometimes 120 day money is the norm. good luck!
 

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and most importantly, the invoicing requirements that will have you waiting 60+ days to get paid.
And that my dear friends is why I love me some Kovacs... He's so to the point.

That's also the reason I hate commercial work. Its the last frontier of the robber barons if you ask me.
 

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I almost lost my house one time waiting to get paid on a commercial job. I was new to the steps commercial construction requires for progress payments and final payment. I got an education real fast.
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Probably your invoice. A lot of the bigger companies will have forms you turn into the superintendent before the work & then he signs off on it when you are done. Better ask him tho.
Submitals are the products you plan on using in the project, I get submitals from the electrician, 1 is the equipment submital, 1 is the lighting submital, I get a submital from the elavator company, as well as from the glass company.

Once they are submitted, they will be signed off by the architect, owner, or GC.

Submitals protect the subcontractor because when they are approved then the owner or GC changes their mind on the product being used it is a change order now.
 

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I hate doing submittal packages, but I also love them, because it means I have the job!

It will vary according to the specs and the contract, but as a rule for flatwork you will need:

Mill reports on the steel.
Mix design for the concrete.
Product data on accessories (curing compound, load transfer devices, chairs, etc.).


You may also be required to provide insurance and bonding information, if you have not already provided it. Note also that just because your submittal is approved does not mean that you can deviate from the specifications. Read the specifications very closely, and if you plan on using something different than specified, even if it is an equal, make sure you attach a substitution request along with the submittal package.
 

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you should be able to work it back wards, if you understand your scope as spec'd out by the Architect then you just need your concrete supplier give you the mix recipe on a spec sheet and the re-bar info etc., your basically providing an "as built" that matches the Architectural spec (original scope)
 

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Nice Question ! I am getting my first wirk here in the states , helping a superintendent and a project manager , 2 days ago in the last interview and walking on the field the superintendent asked me " Do you do Submittals ? " I said yes , thinking that it was other thing , hahah now i am I have to study what this is !
 

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Nice Question ! I am getting my first wirk here in the states , helping a superintendent and a project manager , 2 days ago in the last interview and walking on the field the superintendent asked me " Do you do Submittals ? " I said yes , thinking that it was other thing , hahah now i am I have to study what this is !

I hope you realize this is a 5½-year-old thread.
 
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