Before the SDA engages a Design-Builder, the SDA’s in-house Design Studio develops Schematic Plans and Educational Specifications that are submitted to the New Jersey Department of Education (DOE) for Schematic Plan review and approval. The approved Schematic Plans are among the requirements included in the SDA solicitation for Design-Build Services which also includes project performance requirements
Upon award of the contract, the Design-Builder initiates the design of the school based upon the schematic design developed by the SDA Design Studio. SDA’s design-build procedures allow for the phased submission of design documents in order to allow design and construction work to be “fast-tracked”. After the design documents for the footings and foundations and, sometimes, structural steel work are completed, the Design-Builder may submit the design to NJDOE for final approvals and to the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) in order to obtain permits to begin construction. It takes approximately six months from the start of design by the Design-Builder to the start of the construction of Footings and Foundations
After permits are received, the Contractor can initiate footings and foundation construction work at the site while the final school design is being completed. The Design-Builder continues to submit design packages to SDA for acceptance and to DCA to receive the necessary permits to proceed with construction activities.