Hardscape Design & Specifications provide the analysis, design, and project
administration services required to obtain the most appropriate and
cost-effective solution to our client's hardscape problems.
Site Survey: An
examination and survey of the site is completed to establish existing and
Hardscape Analysis: IRS performs
a complete hardscape analysis to determine existing conditions and
construction. This includes an analysis of drainage conditions,
traffic loads, traffic patterns, fencing, curb and line painting requirements.
Borings are recommended and may be necessary to determine substrate
conditions which would adversely affect the new hardscape's performance.
The number, location, and additional cost would be reviewed and authorized by
the client prior to proceeding with borings.
Hardscape System Selection:
Potential hardscape systems are reviewed and a selection made after weighing
our clients management objectives and our analysis of the existing hardscape
system. Accurate budget figures are then established to reflect the
agreed-upon scope of of the project.
Detailed specifications are developed for the purpose of securing competitive
bids on the selected hardscape system. As to be built project drawings
are provided to clearly communicate project requirements. All IRS
specifications are written and designed to provide a competitive bidding
situation among contractors and manufacturers.
Our involvement with a variety of hardscape systems provides us with a good
selection of contractors in most of the country. We can assist our client
in selecting a group of qualified contractors to bid on the specified hardscape
For each project, a representative of IRS conducts a pre-bid meeting to
review the projects scope of work, including miscellaneous site conditions with
the prospective bidders and an owner's representative. This meeting
ensures an understanding of the project documents by on-site personnel and the
For each project, a representative of IRS conducts a pre-construction
meeting with the contractor's foreman and the owner's representative to review
job-site conditions and project documents to clarify and resolve any questions
before the start of construction.
Job Progress Observations:
Our involvement in this phase of the project varies from weekly to full-time
observation, depending on the complexity of the job, the contractor involved,
and the needs and interests of our client.
Observation for Final
Approval: Every project is reviewed by a qualified
representative of IRS prior to the final payment.