POLICY: Layout and Field Engineering

PURPOSE: To ensure the building and its components are positioned per the contract documents.

RESPONSIBILITY: The Superintendent


1. The following are minimum items to be located and established by a licensed land surveyor:

  • Site property boundaries (if applicable)
  • Building corners
  • Elevation bench marks
  • Roadways and drive entrances

2. Layout required not listed above will be as provided in Carter & Carter Construction’s subcontract agreements.

3. If Carter & Carter Construction is responsible for layout, the following standards should be strictly observed:

Batter boards will be constructed as follows:

  • They will be constructed in straight lines.
  • Stakes will be cut off flush with ledger boards and rigidly braced.
  • Saw marks will denote only column center lines.
  • Ledger boards will be level and at a given elevation.

Partition layout will be as follows:

  • Partitions will be laid out on the slab the day after the slab is poured.
  • Wall lines will be denoted with a single blue chalk line for one side of the metal track and an “X” on the side the wall is to be constructed on.
  • Door and window openings with numbers should be marked with swings denoted as applicable. (All written notes will be performed with permanent markers, i.e. magnum marker, etc.)
  • Built-in accessories, i.e. fire extinguisher cabinets, medicine cabinets and other recess items should be noted that require coordination.
  • Wall ratings, as applicable, will be stenciled on both sides of partitions with 4” letters. Bright orange paint will be used.

NOTE: Care should be taken to use the exact terminology shown on drawings. If the terminology conflicts with code, an R.F.I. should be submitted.

  • Floor finishes, i.e. carpet, VCT, etc. should be denoted in the center of each room.
  • At certain intervals (daily at a minimum) lines/markings will be sealed with a high quality sealer to ensure they are permanent.

NOTE: Layout will be conducted in as professional and quality manner as any other permanent building component.


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