A pre‐construction meeting is a crucial part of the construction process which should be specified and outlined in several sections of the project manual as part of the quality assurance specification. It is paramount to coordinate pre‐construction meetings with team members on the building project, as this establishes expectations upfront for the installation and subsequent warranties of the components of the building enclosure. By having a pre‐construction meeting prior to the commencement of field operations, the owner, design team, general contractor, sub‐contractors, and manufacturers are presented with the opportunity to discuss and resolve issues the various trades might encounter during
the construction process. It is the intent of this presentation to explain the foundation of a building enclosure pre‐construction meeting and to help foster a collaborative approach to information sharing that will minimize construction problems, delays, and manage risks.
- Understand where in the specifications the pre‐construction meeting should be specified and what divisions should be referenced.
- Understand what trades should be present and why.
- Understand how to coordinate the building enclosure components and why it’s important to coordinate them.
- Understand how to resolve compatibility and installation issues that may arise out of a pre-construction meeting, and what specific details to look for and why they should be discussed at the pre-construction meeting.
Melissa I. Payne, BECxP, CxA+BE, CDT
Building Envelope Consultant ‐ Forensic Investigator
Miller Engineering, P.C.
Melissa is a Building Envelope Consultant and forensic investigator at Miller Engineering, P.C. Before joining Miller, she served as the owner’s representative at City Utilities of Springfield, Missouri where she managed 735,000+ SF of roofs and 137 enclosures.
She works with Owners, Architects, Engineers, designers, manufacturers, contractors, and related trades to ensure the integrity of building enclosures. She brings collaboration to the design and construction process by providing design review and specializes in coordination of pre-construction and construction processes, details between dissimilar materials, enclosure terminations, and transitions between systems. She performs construction observations and oversees performance testing. Melissa conducts studies and forensic investigations in regards to building enclosures, provides building assemblies analyses, and conducts thermography surveys as a Level 2 Building Science Thermographer.
Melissa maintains high involvement in the design and construction industry as a guest speaker for Drury University School of Architecture in Springfield. She’s a board member of the Southwest Missouri Construction Specification Institute, a member of the Building Safety Professionals and ICC, and is current chair and founding member of the Ozarks Regional Chapter of the Building Enclosure Council. This past year Melissa was honored with the 2017 Vesta Award for the SWMO NAWIC Chapter.