Clerk of the Works

Representing the Interests of Our Clients

As Clerk of the Works, we serve as the Project Owner’s eyes and ears. Our responsibility is to ensure that your Project meets or exceeds project specifications, that it stays on budget, and that you receive what you are paying for.

Stenftenagel Group achieves this by working closely with Project architects, engineers, contractors and other consultants while remaining a totally impartial, independent entity.

Each step of the way, our CoW Team assesses the quality of the materials and workmanship going into your Project — while watching every deadline and every detail of your budget.

The knowledge, years of experience and commitment Stenftenagel brings to your Project will translate into immediate and long-term cost savings, operational efficiency and a successful facility that will serve the school district well for many, many years. It is always our goal to provide a learning environment that positively engages both students and staff. Our pledge is to turn over a finished Project that will bring pride to the community and to your district’s staff and students.

Our Responsibilities as Your CoW Team

  • To become familiar with all aspects of the proposed Project, including but not limited to the complete understanding of all Contract Documents
  • To monitor all costs and protect budgets as construction progresses
  • To monitor and enforce contractor deadlines
  • To understand the purpose and functions of all Project spaces and systems in order to assist in projecting ongoing operational costs and maintenance requirements
  • To oversee decisions regarding energy costs and conservation measures that will factor into the comfort of building occupants
  • To oversee the interface and incorporation of safety and security systems throughout the Project

Clerk of the Works History

The job title Clerk of the Works (CoW) is believed to derive from the 13th century, when monks and priests (called “clerics” or “clerks”) were better educated than builders of the time. For that reason, these “clerks” took on the responsibility of supervising the works associated with the erection of churches and other religious property. As craftsmen and masons became more educated, they took on this supervisory role, but the title did not change. By the 19th century the role had expanded to cover the majority of construction projects, and Clerks of the Works were expected to be experienced, impartial tradesmen who possessed wide knowledge and an extensive understanding of construction processes.

As it’s been from the beginning, the CoW represents the best interests of the client and the project. The job of the modern CoW is to ensure that expected value for the money invested by the client – rather than the contractor – is achieved through impartial, rigorous and detailed inspection of materials and workmanship throughout the building process. In many cases, the traditional Clerk of the Works title has been replaced with modern terms such as site inspector, architectural inspector or quality inspector, but the requirement for the role remains unchanged since the origins of the title.