To construct or rehabilitate pavements, detailed project documents need to be prepared to instruct the potential bidders and the successful contractor of the work involved and the type of materials to be used. These documents become part of the project contract. SME can develop required project documents including site plans, proposal forms, technical specifications, general conditions and special conditions. We can provide contract language using the Engineers Joint Contract Documents Committee (EJCDC®) model contracts. SME also prepares an Engineer’s Opinion of Probable Construction Costs based on the selected design, unit prices from previous projects, average unit prices published by government agencies or private services such as RS Means.


SME provides project planning and design services for pavement related projects. This includes preparing site layout and grading requirements, developing projects plans and specifications, preparing contract documents, performing quantity take-offs and preparing construction cost estimates, submitting various permit applications, and providing assistance and oversight during construction. Our services have included designing pavement rehabilitation of small parking lots; providing design services for a 3-year $10 million bond for a school district involving 30 schools; and designing new parking lots and new entrance roads for higher education facilities. SME is also servicing industrial clients throughout the Midwest and nationwide during short shutdown periods where keeping project schedules are paramount. Plans generally include:

  • Notes and details
  • Soil erosion/sediment control plans
  • Existing plans
  • Demolition plans
  • Grading and drainage plans
  • Site lighting improvements (if needed)
  • Landscape improvements (if needed)
  • Standard municipal/county details


SME can develop detailed projects specifications outlining requirements to be satisfied for items including materials, design process, products or services. SME is familiar with different specification methods ranging from those based on a commercial service such a SpecText® to SpecsIntact, which are generally used by government agencies such as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. SME is well versed in the development of special provisions for transportation related project such as Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) for special use items.

Probable Costs

A statement of probable costs is often needed to support evaluations of project feasibility or funding requirements in support of planning. SME often uses it as a basis for establishing a budget and as a cost constraint for a pavement project.