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How to Check the Quality of a Build to Suit Development


When it comes to build to suit development, every tenant expects the finished product to be a fully customized space with quality construction. But, how can you tell it will be up to your standards? 

Quality control measures in personnel, subcontractors, materials, and procedures should be performed. Here’s some items to check to ensure the quality will be acceptable in your build to suit property.


Was the construction properly supplied?

For the materials needed, did you order from a trusted supplier or did you immediately choose the cheapest option? Also, damaged or too low of quality materials may add up to issues down the road. But, one way you can work to combat this is by employing a quality control officer to review each shipment as it arrives.

Another simple, yet impactful item you can watch for is ensuring you are aware of any replaced materials used. One main item to measure the quality of supplies is the paint and plastering on the outer walls. Uneven cracks on the plastering may be a sign pointing to a foundation of poor health.


Counteract by: Partnering with a developer helps protect against working with untrustworthy sources, as developers have built up their network over years.


Were there any workmanship errors?

According to this report, more than 50% of the construction defects are a result of human error. This is why it’s especially important to have subcontractors screened and verified in their area of skilled labor. Or, consider utilizing a specialized build to suit developer with a roster of trusted contacts already. 

For example, is the strength of the concrete being monitored after the mix is prepared each time? Alternatively, ready-mix concrete may be used to protect against these important checks being overlooked by a worker. 


Counteract by: Project managers can conduct independent audits of subcontractor performance as a follow up to detect any potential problems early.   


What special inspections were performed? 

For the special inspections portion of the build to suit construction quality check, gain a general overview of what exactly was performed and when. Some examples of items inspected in a sample project include foundations and pilasters; interior slab on grade and thickened edge footings; column pourbacks; structural masonry and brick veneer anchorage; and epoxy and expansion anchors.  

The specifics encompass both testing and inspection of materials, installation, placement and connections. Were there any hiccups along the way? How were they resolved?


Counteract by: Accounting and planning for these special inspections ahead of time can not only reduce the need for rework and guarantee quality, but also bring any non-conforming items to the developer’s attention early.   

So, when it comes to your new build to suit development, keep these items in mind for some ways to ensure the quality of your custom construction will be up to your standards. 

Also, consider the advantages stated above of hiring an experienced developer to greatly increase the chances of a property that will exceed your expectations — not budget. 

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