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What are these drawings? Architects often include these "reference dwgs" in the set, and to explain we include a General note stating " the Reference dwgs are provide to give an overall plan of the building and /or enlargement references only". But when facade access dwgs are provided (by consultant) those state these are for reference only "refer to the Architectural or structural dwg." so why are they included in the CDs?
In general, when we say something is a "reference document" it is because we are not responsible for the data. We didn't measure the space; calculate the loads or verify the wall thickness. We are simply passing along information from another source that is not subcontracted to us, or not responsible to us.
Regarding your façade access drawings, it may be that the façade access consultant is not contracted to the Architect but to the owner. They are included in the CD set for contractor coordination. (much like we would have equipment placement drawings to assure that the owner can actually plug in the refrigerator that they are planning to buy.)
More often than not when we apply a note "For Reference Only", the documents are for scopes to be performed by others. Either an adjacent project or work performed by an owner or owner's vendor. Usually the project will have points of coordination or overlap that will be coordinated by both parties meaning the projects contractor and other contractor/vendor.
A better example would be an enabling project for a larger program running underground utilities across a campus, the drawings for the enabling project would be provided as "For Reference Only" for bidding contractors to fully understand their points of connection and any potential underground coordination points with work not performed under their contract.
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