What’s an RFI?

In Building@EPS, TMAC by bbaldwin

Mike Martin our Project Engineer has been hard at work. So far he has issued of 80 RFIs working to clarify the plans and keep change and confusion to a minimum. Hear what Mike has to say about the process below:

Mike Martin

RFI is an abbreviation for “Request For Information”. The “information” is typically requested from the Architect or Owner by the General Contractor. RFI’s are submitted in a standardized form with each RFI numbered in sequence for tracking purposes. RFI’s are typically used to confirm the interpretation of a detail on the construction drawings. They can also be used to document directive or clarification from the Architect or Owner.

Once a RFI has been answered by the Architect it is distributed by the General Contractor to all the subcontractors affected by the answer. If the answer affects a subcontractor’s scope of work the subcontractor is obligated to submit a cost proposal for the scope change before proceeding with the work.

In summary a RFI is a formalized process of tracking questions/answers between the General Contractor and Owner/Architect. It also allow the flow of information to subcontractors to be tracked so that everyone is operating off of the “same sheet of music”.

Thanks Mike for doing a such a great job!