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and economy. Describing the structural system in detail in the RFP technical specifications
makes the Government responsible for sharing potential Value Engineering savings with the
Design-Build contractor, should the Design-Build contractor propose a different structural
system. It also involves the Government in determining the structural system, which carries a
certain amount of responsibility for the structural design.
f. Identify location and weight of structurally hung equipment imposing loads.
g. Provide location of in-slab pits and trenches on floor plans. This information should
be obtained early in the design so that the locations can be confirmed to be in the proper
h. Consider a requirement to design for future expansion--upward or lateral additions to
i. Consider restrictions on framing systems. For example, will timber or light gage cold-
formed, stud-bearing walls and floor/roof systems be allowed?
j. Consider floor flatness, isolated floor areas, and special deflection criteria.