Quality Assurance Guideline
This Guideline provides an overview of the Denver Service Center (DSC) Quality Assurance (QA) Process for reviewing design documents.
As a federal government organization the DSC is responsible for assuring the quality of all design documents it accepts. These documents must be biddable and buildable. The regulatory basis for this requirement exists in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) where it states:
Section 46.102 - Policy
Agencies shall ensure that:
To meet this requirement DSC developed the DSC Quality Assurance (QA) Process to ensure the production of high quality design documents.
DSC Quality Assurance (QA)
DSC Quality Assurance reviews each project for overall adherence to:
and adequacy of construction documents (biddable and buildable) to construct the intended facility.
The Architect-Engineer (A/E) Contractor is also responsible for Quality Control (QC) which includes ensuring the technical accuracy, completeness, and correctness of the design, cost estimate and all engineering aspects and details, including coordination of all disciplines with each other and with the specifications.
This is consistent with the FAR, which states:
52.236-23 Responsibility of the Architect-Engineer Contractor.
As prescribed in 36.609-2(b), insert the following clause:
RESPONSIBILITY OF THE ARCHITECT-ENGINEER CONTRACTOR (APR 1984)
QA reviews are conducted at major project submission milestones:
Milestone submission content and format requirements for both Design-Bid-Build and Design-Build are located at the DSC Workflow Website under Design Deliverables - Content and Format Requirements.
Prior to each design submission A/E Contractors shall perform a QC review. After each QC review A/E Contractors shall revise submission documents per their QC review findings.
A/E Contractors shall submit design submissions to the DSC per the Task Order Scope-of-Work submission requirements.
DSC Project Management will initiate the QA process by submitting a QA Request Form and providing the submission documents to the DSC Technical Branch Quality Assurance Technical Specialist.
The Quality Assurance Technical Specialist checks the project submission documents into the Quality Assurance Process and the QA review begins. QA reviews typically are completed within 10 working days except for 100% Complete Construction Document reviews which are typically completed within 5 working days. QA reviewers will use individualized QA checklists as guides in performing their reviews. The checklists are designed to be comprehensive, but do not necessarily include all items that may be reviewed on a particular project. Not all items shown on the checklists are applicable to every project. In addition, not all of the QA reviewers will be required on every project.
QA review comments are recorded on the QA Review Form, an MS-Excel file with a summary cover sheet and individual reviewer sheets. As separate sheets within the file, individual reviewer sheets are formatted to allow A/E Contractors to respond to QA review comments.
DSC Project Management is notified when QA reviews have been completed and is responsible for transmitting completed QA reviews to A/E Contractors.
A/E Contractors shall resolve all QA review comments and respond to all QA review comments on the QA Review Form's individual reviewer sheets.
Except for Predesign submissions each subsequent design submission shall include the previous submission QA Review Form with A/E Contractor responses to all QA comments.
The QA Process is completed when all quality assurance review comments have been adequately addressed by the A/E Contractor within the 100% Complete Construction Documents.