This is where drawings and specifications needed to bid and build the project are created. Together they form the Contract Documents. Plans, details, coordination documents are all part of this extensive and technical process. All of the various trades work are represented and coordinated into these documents as well as a demonstration of required building, environmental and accessibility code compliance. Contract Documents are used to bid, secure permits and construct the project. Their adherence and interpretation during construction are managed by the Architect in the Construction Administration phase.
Assistance in Bidding is often considered part of the Contract Documents phase. The Architect will assist in preparing bid documents / handle the bidding process / review the results with the Client / make any necessary adjustments to the project to meet budget and schedule / produce and award the contract(s) for construction.