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    Matthew Bowers

    Design phases only include SD, DD, & CD. A kick-off meeting is simply a meeting that occurs at the begging of the SD phase. The bidding (DBB only) and CA phases are both post-design.

    Read chapters 10 & 12 of AHPP. Chapter 10.5 gives a broad overview of the design phases, specifically.

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    Soha Rangie

    Thanks Matthew,

    I just read chapter 10.5 and am still not sure about it. It says design does not stop in CA : 

    "Design continues to play an important role during this construction process."

    The reason I am so particular about this question is that Ive seen many questions that are asking how many days in total is the design phase, and they usually give a schedule, and I am always unsure as to if I should include CA in the design phase or not.  Now after reading AHPP chapter 10, I am more confused.

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    Matthew Bowers

    Construction contract administration is part of the construction phase - it is not the design phase. Yes, design may continue to play a role, in instances like value engineering, but CA itself is not part of the design phase. The design phase ends at the completion of the contract documents (construction drawings and specifications).

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    Nicholas Oushakoff

    Matthew Bowers

    What about pre-design or programming? If given a question similar to Soha's example which includes a pre-design portion or a programming portion would either of those be included? Thank you!

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    Matthew Bowers

    Nicholas - No, pre-design activities would not be considered part of the design phase, as design does not 'begin' until schematic design. Until SD, the objective is to fully define the problem that will be resolved through design. Pre-design/programming is effectively 'problem seeking,' and design is 'problem solving.'

    This is an important point to remember when it comes to the PA exam; if you get asked a question as straight forward as where to site/orient a project, know that this is not an objective of the programming phase. Programming is a phase intended for gathering data and analyzing it to establish the abstract qualitative and quantitative requirements of a project.

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