Division 1 General Requirements

NC Department of Insurance Review

In Mecklenburg County, it is not necessary to have the NCDOI review design submissions for  CPCC projects.


  1. Limit the number of bid alternates to ten (10) or less items.  Alternates should be ADD alternates and should have a value of at least $10,000 each.
  2. Avoid complex alternates that involve many trades, such as a building addition to the base bid project.
  3. There is no need to have an alternate for Sargent locks or cylinders.  Specify in Division 8 that Sargent cylinders must be provided, no substitutions.

Unit Prices

  1. There shall be unit prices on the Bid Form for sitework issues such as unsuitable soil, general site rock, trench rock, rock in the elevator jack hole, etc.. 
  2. Some sites are more costly to develop than others.  Designer is encouraged to identify on the Bid Form Unit Prices (and in the Unit Prices section of the specifications) a reasonable quantity that is to be included in the base bid.  The geotechnical testing company is responsible for monitoring the quantities during construction.  When the sitework is complete the contract sum is adjusted up or down by using the unit prices.  There will be a change order that reconciles the difference between the quantity identified in the base bid and the quantity actually identified by the geotechnical testing company.

Construction Progress Documentation

  1. For projects greater than $1.0 million in scope, the General Contractor is required to schedule and report work using the Critical Path Method (CPM).  This is needed to help insure adequate planning and execution of the work, and evaluating progress.
  2. The CPM schedule shall show sufficient detail and differentiate activities so that no single activity is longer than 21 days.  The CPM schedule shall be a detailed graphic representation of all activities  that affect progress.  Show actual construction, subcontractors work, shop drawings, samples, approvals, delivery, equipment schedules, etc., and delivery of Owner furnished equipment.
  3. GC must develop the CPM schedule with the other prime contractors.  The initial CPM schedule and subsequent revised schedules must be approved by the Architect and Owner and signed by all prime contractors.  The (updated) schedule must be submitted with each application for payment.
  4. Identify key milestones on the schedule and any float time.  When activities require more time than scheduled, then the GC must develop a recovery plan.  Any recovery schedule must be reviewed and approved by the prime contractors, Architect and Owner.