City of Austin Performance Report 2014-15

Percent of Projects that Pass One-Year Warranty Inspection Without Significant Construction Deficiencies

Measure Description
The Public Works Department (PWD) inspects approximately $1.2 billion per year in Capital Improvements Program (CIP) projects. This measures the percent of projects that pass the one-year warranty inspection without significant construction deficiencies.
Calculation Method
The measure is calculated as the ratio of the number of projects without significant construction deficiencies to the total number of projects that are completed within a given year.
FY 2014-15 Results
For FY 2014-15, the established goal for this measure was set at 80%. PWD met the stated goal at a 92.3% success rate, with only one of 13 completed projects found to have significant construction deficiencies.
Assessment of Results
This measure has tracked fairly consistently over the last five years, with every year exceeding the goal of 80%. While this measure can be an indicator of CIP inspectors’ performance, it is also influenced by the difficulty of the project, the contractor, and factors outside of the control of the CIP inspections activity.
 It is important to note that this measure is calculated by project. One significant deficiency causes an entire project to be counted as deficient. In addition, the number of projects completed is typically around 30 annually, with 13 completed in FY 2014-15. If two or three projects have significant problems, it can distort the percentage greatly. During the summer of 2015, the Public Works Department underwent an accreditation process with the American Public Works Association (APWA). Construction Services procedures for Preconstruction Conferences, Notices to Proceed, Acceptance and Final Approval, and Record Drawings were all found to be in compliance with APWA standards.
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Next Steps
Construction Services will continue to minimize the risk of construction deficiencies by maintaining strict hiring standards, following a fully developed set of procedures, and investing in a robust training program for its staff. In addition, engineers will continue to oversee construction inspectors and formally accept projects for City of Austin maintenance at completion. Based on prior year performance, the target for this measure has been increased to 85 percent for FY 2015-16.
Contact Information
For more information contact Patricia Wadsack, Construction Services Division, at (512) 974-7199.