01 50 00.01 Temporary Facilities and Controls

01 50 00.01 Temporary Facilities and Controls

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Use this CSI 3 part SimpleSpecs™ master specification to specify general requirements for construction facilities, temporary controls, temporary utilities, field offices, and other temporary work required of the General Contractor or Construction Manager.


Construction Facilities and Utilities:

The Contractor or Construction Manager is ultimately responsible for temporary facilities and utilities.  However, the Design Professional should include minimum requirements that must be met.


As a general rule, the Contractor or Construction Manager pays the cost of these facilities and utilities.  However, In the case of an existing facility that will be partially occupied by the Owner during construction, providing separate metering of utilities to determine how much is used by each party could prove difficult and adds costs. The Owner ultimately pays the costs anyway.


Temporary Controls:

These provisions are minimums only. Local laws and ordinances may require substantially different controls, particularly as pertains to erosion, sedimentation, and air pollution. Since these more restrictive requirements are typically law, they do not need to be included here.  The Contractor or Construction Manager is required by the Conditions of the Contract to comply with all applicable laws.


As a general rule, specific requirements for how to construct, install and operate temporary controls are left to the Contractor or Construction Manager. For example, temporary fencing may be specified as simple chain link if privacy and aesthetics are not of concern, or painted wood where they are. The specifics of how to construct the fencing is not included.


Temporary Project Sign

A project sign is helpful in identifying the project for material deliveries and also for marketing the project, as in the case of a retail facility with available lease space.


Related Associations: 

Associated General Contractors of America (AGC)

Construction Management Association of America (CMMA)



Related SimpleSpecs™ master specification:

01 50 00 – Temporary Facilities and Controls (Design/Build projects)


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