LANTNAVFACENGCOM A&E GUIDE
the operational, functional and aesthetic quality of the facility. Note that a construction
contractor VECP differs from a construction contractor proposed variation or exception
to the contract documents in that a VECP must maintain at least the same level of
quality as in the original design while a proposed variation or exception could lower
the quality of construction. Under the VECP program, the contractor and Government
share in the savings resulting from acceptable proposals while a full credit (deduct) in
the construction contract price is taken for approved variations or exceptions which are
of lesser quality than the original design.
In addition to the general requirements, consultation reports on A&E
evaluation of VECPs shall include:
A. The advantages and disadvantages of the VECP.
B. Economic analysis and justification for recommending approval or
rejection of the VECP.
In order to avoid tacit delays to construction, Government processing time for
VECPs is held to 21 calendar days from the date the ROICC receives the VECP package
from the contractor. Accordingly, the A&E shall complete and forward consultation
reports on VECPs to the ROICC and PM within 5 working days from the time of
receipt. When the VECP is of the nature that the response requires additional time, the
A&E shall notify the ROICC as to the expected date of responses. In addition, the A&E
shall also forward one copy of the VECP consultation report to
LANTNAVFACENGCOM Code 04B.
DESIGN FIELD SUPPORT
Unless Supervision and Inspection Services are negotiated and contracted as a
Contract Phase, the A&E has no field construction responsibilities. The ROICC is
responsible for field administration and the Government's quality assurance program
relative to the construction contractor's quality control program. However, to assist the
ROICC in this endeavor, the A&E shall at the Government's option, provide Design
Design Field Support consists of periodic site visits by teams of A&E personnel
to observe and report on particular phases of construction or problems, ascertain the
progress of construction and to assist the ROICC in quality assurance measures. The
purpose of the team visits is to ascertain whether work-in-place satisfactorily meets the
intent of the design and to keep the A&E aware of the status and quality of
construction. As a general rule, design field support is required for critical design
elements or phases of the construction work.